Hola Mi Gente,
I feel like this is something that I don’t highlight enough on the blog, so here it goes: I love plantains. I love these delicious starchy fruits. So versatile and fruitful throughout their entire lifespan. From completely ripened, fried plantains (best cooked when the peel is almost completely black), to these beauties: tostones. If you’re at all familiar with Paleo or Whole 30 lifestyles, you’ll know that tostones are as close as you get to making homemade chips without any kind of alternative flour. These crunchy crisps are delicious on their own, as a snack during a movie, or after a meal, but they’re also great as an alternative to tortilla chips for nachos.
Perhaps their most wonderful quality though, is that tostones only require three ingredients, and they can be ready in as little as 20 minutes! And because most grocery stores sell plantains before they’ve started to ripen, it’s pretty easy to grab a few green plantains at the store and make some snacks for the week!
Many rich cultures from West Africa, to the Caribbean and South America eat and enjoy tostones. Also known as Patacones, or just Plantain Chips. I was introduced to them by Puerto Rican family friends. In Guatemala we often just eat the ripe and sweet plantains (sometimes served as dessert, covered in Guatemalan crema and sugar), but that is one of the many, many gifts of growing up surrounded by a rich Latinx community: we get to share and exchange the way our countries’ have uniquely flavored a lot of the same foods.
To make tostones there are a few tools that are helpful (but not necessary!) to have. I really love using my Presto Electric Griddle to make my tostones on, because it heats evenly through, and allows me to make big batches at a time (one day I WILL have a griddle insert on my stove 😭). It’s also helpful to have a meat tenderizer to smash your plantains, and turn them into little flattened disks (as an added bonus, it counts as a little stress relief, too). Jacobsen Pure Kosher Salt, I know it seems silly, but when it comes to salt, this is just as perfect a match you can find for tostones. You won’t believe it till you’ve tried it, but using good quality salts really does enhance the flavor of your food. These perfect crystals are a little larger than regular table salt, and pack enough flavor so that they’re all you need on tostones!
I hope you enjoy these easy tostones! I love to load mine up with carne asada, or dip them in guacamole! Let me know what you’d eat and enjoy them with in the comments–it’s always fun to hear other people’s pairings.
Love, love, love,