Tostones, or fried green (unripe) plantains, are a staple of the Puerto Rican diet.
– Editor’s Note, New Worlder
vegetable oil, for deep frying
1 green plantain, peeled and cut crosswise into 1-inch slices
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Serves: 6-8 Tostones
In a large skillet, heat 3 inches of oil over medium-high heat to 350º F. Line a plate with paper towels.
Carefully drop the plantain slices into the hot oil and fry on both sides for about 3 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the plantains to the paper towel-lined plate. Flatten the plantains using a tostonera (a utensil made especially for this task) or a plate or other object with a flat surface.
Return the flattened slices to the hot oil and fry them again for 1 minute on each side. Remove with tongs and drain again on the paper towels. Season with salt and serve immediately.
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