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One of my favorite things about being part of the military community is getting to meet and have a common thread with people from all sorts of different backgrounds. As a solid Southerner who pretty much stuck to the eastern seaboard prior to marrying a soldier, it has been amazing to travel the world with my husband as well as learn so much from those we’ve met along the way. Many years ago when we lived at the Ranger training camp down in Florida we had a neighbor from Puerto Rico who always had the best dishes at our community pot lucks. After much begging he taught my husband and me to make tostones-fried green plantains-just like his mother had taught him! Fried plantains have been a family favorite for us ever since and I thought you’d love them too and be surprised just how easy they are!

Fried Plantains Recipe-3Ingredients:

  • 3 plantains (Green! This won’t work with ripe, or yellow plantains.)
  • oil for frying (1/2 inch deep in pan)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water

Instructions:

Peel the plantains. If this is the first time you’ve made plantains don’t fret-it’s very easy but they don’t peel like a regular banana. Chop off the two ends of the plantain and slice the peel from end to end. Gently remove the peel with your fingers. Slice the plantain into 1″ thick pieces.

Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat until water bounces off the surface. (Take it from a very accident prone girl-please, please be careful when working with hot oil!!) Spoon plantain slices into the hot oil with a slotted spoon and fry for about 2 minutes on EACH side or until golden. Meanwhile add garlic and salt to water in a small bowl and mix.

Remove plantains with the slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Allow to cool for a moment then place them on a cutting board and squish with the back of a wooden spoon until half the original thickness. Add to oil once more and again fry for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from oil to the paper towel lined plate to drain and sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve immediately!

Fried Plantains Recipe-4

I like to serve these on the side with beans and rice or seasoned sautéed chicken thighs. They are crispy and delicious-with a potato like consistency. I have yet to meet someone who wasn’t totally converted once trying them!

I hope you try them, as always I’d love it if you came back and told me what you thought afterwards!

Tostones: Fried Green Plantains Recipe

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Author: The Happier Homemaker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 plantains (Green! This won’t work with ripe, or yellow plantains.)
  • oil for frying (1/2 inch deep in pan)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Peel the plantains. If this is the first time you’ve made plantains don’t fret-it’s very easy but they don’t peel like a regular banana. Chop off the two ends of the plantain and slice the peel from end to end. Gently remove the peel with your fingers.
  2. Slice the plantain into 1″ thick pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat until water bounces off the surface.
  4. Spoon plantain slices into the hot oil with a slotted spoon and fry for about 2 minutes or until golden on EACH side.
  5. Meanwhile add garlic and salt to water in a small bowl and mix.
  6. Remove plantains with the slotted spoon to a paper towel lines plate.
  7. Allow to cool for a moment then place them on a cutting board and squish with the back of a wooden spoon until half the original thickness.
  8. Move plantains to bowl of garlic salt water for 1-2 minutes before again placing on paper towel to drain.
  9. Add to oil once more and again fry for 2 minutes on each side.
  10. Remove from oil to paper towel lined plate to drain and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  11. Serve immediately!
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