Saturday, June 6, 2009

Shameless Cooking Plug

I am so proud of what I made for dinner last night! TOSTONES. They look like they would take forever to make, but not so. 

It's amazing what you can do with the humble and cheap green plantain. They have become my favorite food (along with bacon of course) after enjoying them in Costa Rica, Colombia...and at El Meson in Minneapolis. 

Let's just put it out there that Super Target does NOT carry them. Byerlys or Lunds usually has a few tucked in next to the bananas. They're a staple food across the Caribbean, Latin America, and South America, and I think they're the bomb. 

Though yet again an example of a food where people always say "This would be so much fresher if we were in...Ecuador...Jamaica...blah blah." Well this is Minnesota, and we only grow are sugar beets and soybeans, so I'm sorry. These were still good, even if they didn't come from my back yard.

Your basic steps: 
1. Fry peeled/sliced plantains in medium-hot vegetable oil for 2' on each side.
2. Transfer to paper towels to drain. 
3. Flatten with something heavy like a frying pan. (An actual implement, the tostonera, was designed specifically for this, but it wasn't exactly on my wedding registry.)

4. Increase the oil heat slightly and re-fry the flattened discs for another minute.
5. Transfer to paper towels again. 

5. Convince dog they are not his favorite sweet food--bananas.

6. Serve with cilantro, lime, and salt. And avocado/salsa.
I will make this for you. Just ask! 


mnelson said...

YUM! Those look delicious!

Erin and Marc said...

Umm, yes please. Make these for me! :)