Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tostones (fried plantains) with Creamy Garlic Cilantro Dip

Tostones also known as patacones pronounced "pataˈkones", are a popular side dish in many Latin American countries,The dish is made from sliced green (unripe) plantains cut either length-wise or width-wise,   fried twice,They are Very Delicious and Unique!


 2     Green plantains
 4     Cloves roasted garlic
 1     Cup sour cream or plain low fat greek yogurt
 1/2  Cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
 1     Green onion, roughly chopped
 Pinch salt
 Pinch fresh cracked Black pepper
 Canola or safflower oil for Frying
 Sea salt
 Juice of 1 lime


To make the garlic dip:

1-  Add roasted garlic, sour cream or the Greek yogurt, cilantro, green onions, and lime juice to a food processor or blender. Process until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill until your tostones are ready.

Fry the plantains:

2- To peel the plantains: Start by running a paring knife 3-4 times along the length of the plantain, only going deep enough to slice the thick skin , then peel it away of the plantains.

3- Slice the plantains, on the bias, about 1 or 1/4 inch thick.  Place slices in a bowl of lightly salted water to prevent browning before cooking if your oil isn't hot enough.

4- Heat 1 to 4 cups oil (depending on the size of your cooking vessel) in a large pan over medium high heat (oil should reach 350-375 degrees F). Dry the plantains and carefully add to the hot oil, making sure not to crowd the pan. Fry the plantains 2-4 minutes on each side, then remove to a plate lined with paper towel.

5- Carefully press the plantains between two sheets of wax paper, using a tortilla press, or by the bottom of a large glass ( While they still Hot) . Fry the smashed plantains another 1-2 minutes in the hot oil.

6- Sprinkle with sea salt, Dip and enjoy!

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