Thursday, December 22, 2011

Green Fried Bananas

Plantains - unripened bananas
Sometimes known as tostones are a deliciously deadly side dish served in Latin America. Prepared from twice fried plantains, heavily salted and served with a range of sauces and toppings make it easy to understand why this decadent treat has found its way into my recipe collection.

This ridiculously simple recipe was introduced to me by some friends in Colombia. Being a 20 something male I was keen to see what could be made with nothing more than the common green banana, excessive amounts of salt and a frying filled to the brim with oil.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time:      20 minutes
Ingredients:        Plantains (green bananas)
                        Oil for frying
                        Toppings of your choice

Inch long pieces of plantain fried until golden brown. Approx. 8-10 minutes.
After dicing the plantains either length-ways or in rounds the pieces where then they are fried until golden brown. Once drained they get crushed wafer thin between slices of baking paper using a tostonera. My personal tostonera comes in the form of a saucepan. Needless to say its a great form of stress relief.

The flattened plantain discs can be refrigerated for up to 2 days before being re-fried. Rub generously with salt and fry the flattened discs for some minutes until crunchy. Salt again before serving. 

Ideally served as a snack with guacamole, hummus,  baba ghannouj or any dip of your liking. Also great alongside lentils, cerviche or plain old steak and chips.

Patacones served with haloumi cheese, ham and salad.

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