My husband is Puerto Rican and therefore loves plantains. I am not Puerto Rican (in case you couldn’t tell) and therefore think plantains are super weird. “Ew-I-thought-that-was-a-banana” weird. This starchy, less sweet, cruel joke of a banana can made into super delicious tostones in about 10 minutes. ONLY 10 MINUTES PEOPLE.
Step -1: buy green plantains. At least that’s what my husband said I should get. NOT the yellow/brown ones.
Step 1: peel plantain. Harder than it sounds. Cute the ends off and hope that you don’t accidentally shove the peel under your nail because it is sharp and stiff.
Step 2: cut the plantain into about one inch pieces. If you’re lazy use this:
The Hutzler 571. READ THE REVIEWS. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
Step 3: fry the pieces in a pan of oil. Use coconut oil if you’re working on your Whole30! Fry each side for about 2-3 minutes until they turn golden and slightly crispy.
Step 4: remove from oil and rinse the slices in water. Why? Who knows.
Step 5: flatten the pieces with the bottom of a glass.
Step 4: return the pieces to the oil for about a minute.
Step 5: remove the tostones and place them on paper towels to remove excess oil.
Step 6: sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.
Step 7: take a photo so your mother-in-law will be proud of you!