Tostones

Author: Eric A. Haney

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In a week, I’ll be on a beautiful beach in Puerto Rico with my best friends in college. We will be sippin’ on a bottle of Jose Cuervo and singing along to Dan + Shay’s “Tequila”. As Zac Brown Band would say, “Only worry in the world is the tide going to reach my chair.”

Puerto Rico is an ideal place for spring break. Not only is the drinking age 18, but the island features beautiful beaches, rainforests and waterfalls. You can spend your day learning to surf in San Juan or hiking to a waterfall in the El Yunque Tropical Rainforest. Then, you can explore the culinary district of San Juan for some delicious Puerto Rican food.

Tostones are a popular appetizer across the island of Puerto Rico. The dish is made by thinly slicing plantains, coating them in a batter, and frying them. I can not wait to give them a try when we are in Puerto Rico! For those of you who aren’t going to Puerto Rico for spring break, you can make tostones from the comfort of your own home.

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RECIPE

Ingredients

  1. 5 tablespoons oil for frying
  2. 1 green plantain
  3. 3 cups cold water
  4. salt to taste

Preparation

  1. Peel the plantain and cut it into 1-inch chunks.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Place the plantains in the oil and fry on both sides,; approximately 3 1/2 minutes per side.
  3. Remove the plantains from the pan and flatten the plantains by placing a plate over the fried plantains and pressing down.
  4. Dip the plantains in water, then return them to the hot oil and fry 1 minute on each side. Salt to taste and serve immediately.
  5. Enjoy!

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