Tostones (Fried Green Plantain)

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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.

Ingredients
1 green plantain
salt
vegetable or coconut oil

Directions
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Remove the tostones from the oil onto a plate lined with paper towels.

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Dip them ketchup or sprinkle them with some pepper sauce. Enjoy!

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