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How to Make Tostones

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Salted Tostones after they’ve finished their second round of frying.

Salted Tostones after they’ve finished their second round of frying.

Screenshot from www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXiOxzjK8co

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Salted Tostones after they’ve finished their second round of frying.

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With Hispanic Heritage Month a few months away and Cinco de Mayo just passing, it is the perfect opportunity to get in touch with your hispanic background or to learn more about the culture. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and quesadillas are well-known by americans, but many don’t realize that Latinos eat a variety of other things. Rice and beans are a popular side dish in an average household. They are often eaten alongside another go-to meal, called Tostones. They are fried plantains sprinkled with salt for a savory taste, or cinnamon and sugar for a sweet tooth.

“I swear I could eat tostones until I explode,” said Massaponax Sophomore Loida Sanchez. She was born and raised in Guatemala and taught me how to make these tasty treats.

Follow the recipe below, and in less than 15 minutes you’ll have fresh fried plantains!

Ingredients:

  • Plantains (as many as you’d like)
  • 2 cups of Vegetable oil, or any other oil you’d fry in
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Pour about two cups of oil into a cast iron skillet or a heavy pan. Turn the stovetop to medium heat and allow the oil to get hot for frying.
  2. Peel and cut the plantain into one inch thick slices.
  3. Place a few of the pieces into the hot oil and cook until light brown. It should take 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove the plantain slices from the pan and onto paper towels to drain. Next, while the slides are still hot, flatten it. Be careful because it will still be hot and can burn you. You can use a plate, masher, spoon, or even the bottom of a glass.
  5. Put the smooshed plantains back into the hot oil and re-fry them until they are golden brown.
  6. Remove plantains yet again and drain them with paper towels. Salt to taste while they’re still warm.

Experimenting with food of a different country can tell you a lot about their culture and way of life. Even if you don’t have hispanic heritage, you can still enjoy these foods. It’d be a refreshing change from average weekly meals!

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