Delicious And Savory Puerto Rican Tostones
There’s this little restaurant in San Rafael, California named “Sol Food” and thanks to them, I’ve been hooked on a delicious Puerto Rican cuisine, namely tostones. Puerto Rican Tostones are twice fried plantains, and they can be sweet or savory depending on the type of plantain you use and how you choose to season and serve them. Plantains are very similar to bananas in look, but they are much firmer and are almost always cooked before eating, My favorite way of serving them is topped with vegan mozzarella with a side of re-fried black beans, rice, and salsa. If you can’t make it to Sol Food anytime soon, don’t fret because this meal is extremely easy to make at home and it requires minimal ingredients. Here is how you can make delicious and savory Puerto Rican Tostones.
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Puerto Rican Tostones Recipe
- green plantains
- vegetable oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: Vegan mozzarella
- Vegan Sour Cream
- After removing the peel from your green plantain, begin by chopping the plantain in one-inch thick slices.
- In a pan with ¼ inch of hot oil, place the sliced plantains in, flat side down. Let cook for three minutes on each side.
- Once cooked on each side, remove from the pan and flatten into a thick pancake shape using the bottom of a small bowl.
- Quickly dip each now-flattened plantain in a small bowl of cold water.
- Put the plantains back into the oil and cook for thirty seconds on each side. (Be careful during this step, because the oil may spit when it comes in contact with the water on the plantain)
- Remove and place onto a plate. Use a paper towel to dab off the excess oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- (Optional) Melt vegan mozzarella on the top of each tostone by either a cheese-topped tostone sit under aluminum foil for five minutes, or by warming in a clean pan with a lid until the cheese melts.
- Serve with a hearty side of refried black beans, cilantro rice, and fresh salsa. Optionally add a dollop of vegan sour cream alongside the rest of your meal.
Have you ever made Puerto Rican Tostones? What do you serve them with? Let me know in the comments below.