Want to learn to make authentic Cuban tostones? Well, tostones is basically a savory plantain chip that is enjoyed as a snack or a side in many Caribbean cuisines. It is very easy to make provided you have the right ingredients.
Before we get started, here are a few utensils you will need:
- chefs knife, pairing knife, small vegetable knife
- cutting board
- large skillet
- deep saucepan
- frier spatula
- rubber spatula
- plate & bowl for serving
- paper towels
- 3- 4 green plantains (must be firm, not yellow)
- 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- 3/4 cup juice of sour oranges (naranja agria)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin powder
- lots of salt & pepper
Peel the plantains using a sharp knife across the length of the skin. Loosen the peel along the cut and remove peel by hand. Cut the plantain into 2 inches wide slices.
Heat the vegetable or canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Once the oil is hot, fry the plantain slices for approximately 3 to 5 minutes, turning once, just long enough to make them soft. Remove the plantains and drain on paper towels. Use a plantain press or the palm of your hands to smash the plantains to about half their thickness. Fry the plantains a second time in the same hot oil, turning occasionally, until golden brown on both sides. Remove and drain excess oil with paper towels. Sprinkle with plenty of salt and pepper and serve warm.
The Mojo sauce can be made ahead of time. Heat the olive oil in a deep saucepan on medium heat. Add the chopped garlic and fry about 30 seconds. Add the sour orange juice, cumin and salt and pepper. Bring to a rolling boil and whisk if necessary. Adjust seasoning as needed. Remove from heat and cool. Serve the Tostones with a side of Mojo sauce in a small bowl.