In my time here in Jamaica, I have only actually seen fried green plantain eaten once. I have asked around if people like to eat plantain this way, and everyone always answers in the affirmative but it just doesn’t seem all that common. I suspect it is more of a Spanish caribbean thing than an English caribbean thing. Anyhoo, Tostones are a savory way to enjoy, the always enjoyable, plantain. I usually make them as a side dish to eggs but they are also a great substitute for french fries at lunch or dinner.
1 green plantain
vegetable or coconut oil
Chop the ends off the plantain and remove the peel. Cut the plantain into 1 inch thick slices. Pour enough oil in a frying pan to cover the bottom then turn the burner on medium high heat.
Fry the plantain, turning them regularly (I find that a fork is the best tool for this task) so that all sides,top, and bottom of the slices turn yellow.
Gently stab the yellow plantains pieces with a fork to remove them from the pan and onto a cutting board. Turn the heat on the burner down or off. Carefully (remember hot oil!) place the plantain under the bottom of a spatula and use your hand to press down on the top of the spatula to smash the plantain.
If the plantain doesn’t automatically slide off the spatula bottom (which they usually don’t), gently slide a knife between the plantain off the bottom of the spatula to remove it.
Once all the plantain pieces are smashed, turn the the burner back up to medium high, add a couple more tablespoons of oil to the pan, and return the plantains to the oil. Sprinkle some salt on them and fry them until they are golden on each side.
Remove the tostones from the oil onto a plate lined with paper towels.
Dip them ketchup or sprinkle them with some pepper sauce. Enjoy!