Sweet Fried Plantains & Fried Tostones

Sweet Fried Plantains & Fried Tostones

Yes I have a food obsession and yes I love fried foods. I keep talking about getting an Air Fryer but I have more important things that I need at the moment so that’s a “to-buy” item. Yes I have lists for everything. A shopping list, grocery list, household products and supplies list, to buy list, to do list, appointments list lol..I’m a list kinda woman . What can I say it helps me because I have a horrible memory the past few years and it’s only getting worse. It used to be just short term but now I’m starting to feel like I’m just losing my mind so the lists help me stay sane.

Anyways..I love making fried foods like crunchy on the outside and soft and melty or soft on the inside. It’s little bites of goodness! Plantains have been a go to for a long time for me because you can do so much with them. You can stack them, stuff them mash them or even just dip them the way they are. Tostones come from Green Plantains they’re the unripe Banana think of it as the unripe is more solid and firm so the Tostones are crispy and fried. Then again I love the soft but carmelized crispy edges of the Sweet Fried Plantains. Sweet Fried Plantains come from either a ripened Yellow or overly ripened Black skinned Plantain. Think ripe is soft, which is how the Sweet Plantains end up with just some crispy edges. They’re like a little sweet treat without over indulging and feeling guilty. Let’s be honest I can eat 3 Chopped ripe Plantains and be ok with myself. So are you Team Sweet Fried Plantain or Team Tostone?


Preparing Sweet Fried Plantains

You can tell the difference pictured above. The top pieces are from the ripe yellow Plantain and the bottom pieces are from the green Plantains.

For both the ripe yellow Plantains and the unripe green Plantains, add a small pot to the stove over medium-high heat with some oil. You want the oil to cover ¾ of the pieces you will be frying. Be sure not to overcrowd them in your pot.

You want to let them cook about 3-4 minutes on the first side. You will notice the yellow Plantains starting to brown and caramelize. The green Plantains will start to turn more of a golden color Once you see the bottom part of the Plantains browning or changing to that golden color you can flip them and repeat. Continue to fry the Plantains until all the pieces have been fried completely.

Carefully remove the Sweet Fried Plantains from the hot oil, allow some of the oil to drip off in the pan first and transfer them to a paper towel lined dish to absorb any of the excess oil that is still there.

Serve and enjoy! You could also top them with some confectioners sugar to add even more sweetness. Enjoy!

 

Preparing Fried Tostones

Then, the steps become a little different between the ripe yellow Plantains and the unripe green Plantains. Now for the green Plantains once you removed them from the hot oil, place them on a cutting board {or use a dish}.

Now, using either a fork, or the bottom of a cup or jar, press down each fried Plantain and flatten them.

Return the flattened Plantain to the hot oil and fry for a second time. This time you’ll only need to fry it for an additional 2 minutes or less.

Remove the fried Tostone from the hot oil and place it on a paper towel lined dish to drain any excess oil that remains and sprinkle with Sea Salt.

You could serve the Fried Tostones with a Mayo & Ketchup blend or a Garlic Mojo dip. Serve and Enjoy!


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Sweet Fried Plantains & Fried Tostones
Here are two quick and economical Latin American dishes using Plantains that are a staple in most homes. They’re great as an appetizer or can be used to create a entire meal depending what you pair it with.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
For the Sweet Fried Plantains
For the Fried Tostones
For the Dips
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
For the Sweet Fried Plantains
For the Fried Tostones
For the Dips
Instructions
To Prepare both the Sweet Plantains & Fried Tostones
  1. For both the ripe yellow Plantains and the unripe green Plantains, add a small pot to the stove over medium-high heat with some oil. You want the oil to cover ¾ of the pieces you will be frying. Be sure not to overcrowd them in your pot.
  2. You want to let them cook about 3-4 minutes on the first side. You will notice the yellow Plantains starting to brown and caramelize. The green Plantains will start to turn more of a golden color Once you see the bottom part of the Plantains browning or changing to that golden color you can flip them and repeat. Continue to fry the Plantains until all the pieces have been fried completely.
To Prepare the Sweet Plantains
  1. Carefully remove the Sweet Fried Plantains from the hot oil, allow some of the oil to drip off in the pan first and transfer them to a paper towel lined dish to absorb any of the excess oil that is still there.
  2. Serve and enjoy! You could also top them with some confectioners sugar to add even more sweetness. Enjoy!
To Prepare the Fried Tostones
  1. Then, the steps become a little different between the ripe yellow Plantains and the unripe green Plantains. Now for the green Plantains once you removed them from the hot oil, place them on a cutting board {or use a dish}.
  2. Now, using either a fork, or the bottom of a cup or jar, press down each fried Plantain and flatten them.
  3. Return the flattened Plantain to the hot oil and fry for a second time. This time you’ll only need to fry it for an additional 2 minutes or less.
  4. Remove the fried Tostone from the hot oil and place it on a paper towel lined dish to drain any excess oil that remains and sprinkle with Sea Salt.
  5. You could serve the Fried Tostones with a Mayo & Ketchup blend or a Garlic Mojo dip. Serve and Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

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