What Are Tostones?
Tostones are slices of green unripe bananas that have been fried twice. This delicious snack of Latin American cuisine is often served as a hot aperitif. Like French fries, they are seasoned with salt after frying and served with a variety of dipping sauces.
What Is Plantain? Plantains are a type of banana. It contains more starch and less sugar than a regular yellow banana. It's more like a potato. Its hard shell is difficult to peel. Because of its starch content and hardness, it is consumed by cooking. Ideal for making tostones, plantain bananas are unripe and green in color. Apart from making tostone, it can be used in stews or in different dishes by pureeing.
How To Select and Peel Plantains?
When choosing plantains for Tostones, make sure they are green and firm. Avoid plantains with yellow peels. They are softer and sweeter. Unripe green bananas should be used for this recipe. To peel plantains, first cut off both ends, as the skin is hard. Peel the skin of the banana with a sharp knife or your fingers.
How To Make Tostones in the Oven?
Instead of frying the tostones, you can also bake them in the oven. To make tostones in the oven, preheat the oven to 200 ºC (400 ºF). Line the baking tray with parchment paper. Cut off both ends of the plantains. Then cut the banana skins off with a paring knife. Slice the green bananas. Place the plantains on the baking tray and brush them with oil. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Then press down on the green banana slices and turn them over. Grease them again. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the plantains are golden brown. seasoning with salt. Serve it hot with a dipping sauce.
How To Make Tostones In A Fryer?
You can also make Tostones in the air fryer. Preheat the fryer to 200 ºC (400ºF). Peel and slice the plantains as in the recipe. Grease the slices with cooking spray or a brush. Cook in the air fryer for about 5 minutes. Then remove the plantain slices and flatten them by pressing lightly. Flip the banana slices and fry for 5 minutes until the plantains are golden or crispy. Serve it immediately.
What To Serve with Tostones?
Tostones are served as a side dish or snack. It is served with many dipping sauces.
Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Tostones:
How To Store Tostones?
Tostones are best consumed fresh. However, you can store it in the refrigerator. Let the fries cool completely. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat it at 175 °C (350 °F) in the oven or deep fryer.