Enjoy these crispy plantain slices that are ready in just 15 minutes – a perfect Latin American side dish.
green (unripe) plantain, peeled
cups vegetable oil
In deep 12-inch skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°F over medium-high heat. Slice plantain into 1/2-inch pieces. With tongs, carefully place sliced plantains in hot oil. Cook 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, turning frequently. (Cook ripe plantains 45 seconds to 1 minute.)
Remove from hot oil, and place on paper towels. Using tostonera or the bottom of glass, press each plantain slice to about 1/8-inch thickness. (Press ripe plantains to 1/4-inch thickness.)
Return pressed plantains to hot oil. Cook a few at a time, turning frequently, until golden yellow and crispy. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle evenly with salt.
If using ripe plantains, serve with white rice. Or this can be served with a rice and black bean dish.
A tostonera is a small wooden press for making tostones. It can be purchased at many Latin food stores.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- 2 1/2g
- 2 1/2%
- (Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- (Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.