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Tostones (Fried Plantains)

Tostones (Fried Plantains)

Ingredients:

    2 green plantains
    Oil for frying
    Salt

Preparation:

    Heat the oil to 375 degrees.
    While the oil is heating up, peel the green plantains and then cut them into 3/4 inch slices.
    Fry the slices in the hot oil for 3 minutes. They should be a light golden color and semi-soft.
    Remove the plantain slices with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

    Tip: Maintain the oil’s temperature.

    When the plantain slices are cool enough to handle (about 1 minute), smash them into flat rounds using a tostonera (a press).
    Fry the rounds in the hot oil for 3 minutes. They will turn crisp and golden brown.
    Remove the tostones with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Salt to taste.






Garlic Dipping Sauce for Tostones

Ingredients:

    1 cup olive oil, warmed
    1 head of garlic peeled, crushed and finely chopped
    1 small oinion, finely diced
    3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
    juice of 1 lemon
    juice of 1 lime
    salt to taste

Preparation:
1. Blend all the ingredients together in a nonreactive bowl. (A nonreactive bowl is one made of material that does not react chemically to the citrus acids.)

Tip: Use a blender or food processor to mix the ingredients.

Serves: Four to six people.

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