A Surprisingly Delicious Food
When I first found a recipe for Tostones (fried plantains) I was starting Whole 30 and looking for some foods to switch it up so I wouldn’t get bored. I was skeptical to try these because they are made out of green plantains. Green plantains just don’t sound good… like a green banana.
But boy was I wrong. Those green plantains are amazing fruits (fruits? I guess you’d call them fruits). If you fry them just right, they make a kind of crispy flakey chip that tastes amazing with just a little salt and some guacamole. Even Bryan loves them, and honestly, he’s not into a lot of things that are Whole 30.😆
I love that Tostones are healthy, super filling, crispy, and just as addicting as chips!
Are you ready to try them?
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
*Green plantains – They are REALLY cheap at Aldi
*Coconut Oil – 1/4 to 1/2 half cup
*Salt – Course sea salt tastes great!
Here’s how to make them:
Take your plantain, a sharp knife, and a cutting board. Cut off each end of your plantain. Use your knife to lightly cut through JUST the skin vertically all the way down the plantain. Do this 3 times down the plantain.
Slide your knife under the skin carefully to separate it from the plantain. (Sometimes I like to use a table knife here.)
Now that you have your skin off, slice your plantain in a slight diagonal pattern.
Heat up your coconut oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Wait until the oil is slightly wavy and your plantain sizzles when dropped in.
Fry your plantains in the oil for about 2 minutes per side. Your plantains should be a nice yellow color and not too brown. When you’ve fried each side take them out of the pan and put them on a plate with a paper towel. Turn down your oil to medium.
Had a rough day at work? Now is the time to take your frustrations out on these poor little plantain pieces! Many people use a plantain press, but I just use a coffee mug! All you need to do is put a warm plantain piece on your cutting board and use your mug to push down and flatten out the plantain piece! I use a fork to gently peel it off the bottom of my mug. If they start to stick too much, I add a little coconut oil to the bottom of the mug.
Once all your pieces are flattened, put them back in your oil! This time they will probably need 1-2 minutes per side. You will know they are cooked just right when they are a light brown color around the sides and a little brown on top. Take each piece out of the oil as it gets brown and put it back on your plate with the paper towel. Quickly salt the pieces before they dry and cool!
Make some guacamole or salsa and start snacking!
I hope you love these as much as I do! After making them the first time, I’ve been hooked! Some of my favorite ways to eat them are with guacamole or with a little chicken salad on top of them!