Tostones Recipe




I am a huge fan of Latin food and since I'm on a diet. I wanted to create a meal that would not give me a major setback or set me totally off with my diet. I decided to go with one of my favorite dishes with a twist. Seeing how I'm trying to stay away from fried foods I wanted to try baking Tostones instead of frying them.

Tostones is a Latin dish that is severed an appetizer or even a side.I looked up numerous recipes and finally found two that I could tweak to my liking. I loved having a garlic sauce with these because I'm all into sauces. Plus, since I've been on my diet. I've really limited the amount that I have.
I love that this recipe doesn't take a lot of time. I would suggest that you make this recipe the same day or right before you're reading to have them.

Recipe ( recipe adapted from )

Ingredients:

  • 2 large green plantains
  • cooking spray ( I used coconut spray oil )
  • salt ( I used Himalayan salt )

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spray a large baking sheet with oil.
  2. Cut off the ends off the plantains. Score each plantain along two sides deep enough to cut through the skins.
  3. Microwave the plantains until they become soft in the center. For 2 plantains this will take about 6 to 6 1/2 minutes. Flip the plantains over half way. The skins will turn black.
  4. Peel the plantains and cut them into 3/4 inch thick slices while hot. You should get about 12 per plantain.
  5. Smash the hot plantains with the bottom of a jar, can or something flat. 
  6. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and generously spray with oil, season with salt and bake until golden on the bottom, about 10 to 12 minutes. Turn and bake on the other side until golden and crisp, about 8 minutes. Season with more salt and Enjoy

Dipping Sauce

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 scallion
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 

Directions 

  1. Puree 2 garlic cloves in a food processor with 1/4 cup olive oil. 
  2. Add 1 chopped scallion, 2 teaspoons white vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon each cumin seeds and red pepper flakes
  3. Pulse until combined. 

Have you tried tostones before? 

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15 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Tostones before, but I really love plantain! I love that you've put a garlic sauce with this, too. Yummy! Good on you for sticking to your diet with this healthier version. :)

    Christie's Take on Life. xx

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  2. This really sounds interesting. I get green plantains in India and can surely try this out. Thanks for sharing !

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  3. I've never tried tostones before; however your recipe sound delicious! I can't wait to whip it up for myself!

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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  4. Mmm, no, I've never tried these before, but I certainly want to now. They look delicious. I need to make them for my family.

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  5. I have no idea what tostones are but the sauce sound great! I need research on the matter lol!

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  6. Yum! I have never heard of tostones but I love Latin food and anything banana/plantain base. I have to try this.

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  7. Tostones are meant to be fried. But baking sounds like a more healthier choice! You should try some amarillos. They are sweeter and are meant as a side dish.

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  8. I have never tried the dish before. in fact I have never had anything with plantains before. I have heard that it tastes a little bit like potatoes. But I definitely want to find out what it tastes like.

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  9. I've never heard of Tostones before, and never actually cooked with plantains. But I do eat plantains and I love it, so Im pretty sure your tostones taste amazing (plus I really love that you baked them instead of frying)!

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  10. Great recipe! I never heard of this before and have not had too much luck with cooking plantains.

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  11. I haven't even heard of Tostones before and that surprises me because i am a fan of latin food too. Will definitely try this one.

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  12. I heard it from my Mama but never paid attention to what she is describing (maybe I cant pictured it). Now I understand what is Tostones is!

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  13. Never tried Tostones yet and i'd love to have a taste of it. Need to check out the recipe and hopefully be able to do it at home. Excited to try new recipes.

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  14. I don't think I've ever eaten anything like this before. It sounds really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  15. Tostones well was introduced to them today, and loved the Idea of it, need to try them out. Thanks for the recipe and the lovely introduction :)

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