Tostones (fried green plantains)

ate.2012.09.08.c10.jpgThese were pretty good!

I started with a green plantain. I actually was planning on making regular fried plantains, but when I looked up how to do it, I realized there's a different process for green plantains, so I went with that.

ate.2012.09.08.c5.jpgPeeled and sliced. I could probably have sliced them a little thinner, which would have made the resulting product more potato-chip like.

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Here they are pan frying in about a half inch of oil at 360°F, one minute on each side.

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To get them out of the pan I used my mesh fryer scoop thing combined with a spoon, since, unlike the deep fryer, there isn't enough depth to just scoop them all out.

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Apparently the difference between fried green plantains and regular plantains is that you flatten out the green ones. The tool to do it is a tostonera but I used a mallet.

ate.2012.09.08.c9.jpgBack into the fryer for another one minute per side and that's it! Salt and serve. Quite tasty.