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How to make mami's tostones

I took a break today and followed Mami around her kitchen as she prepared tostones for our dinner. Her tostones never need ketchup and always leave me wanting "uno más". Buen provecho.

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INGREDIENTS
Find nice green plantains (AKA pl\u00e1tanos).  They should not have spots. Run hot tap water on the pl\u00e1tanos to soften the peel.  I usually score the pl\u00e1tanos but Mami just cuts with her paring knife!

Find nice green plantains (AKA plátanos). They should not have spots. Run hot tap water on the plátanos to soften the peel. I usually score the plátanos but Mami just cuts with her paring knife!

Peel the pl\u00e1tanos.

Peel the plátanos.

Make sure pl\u00e1tanos are smooth.

Make sure plátanos are smooth.

Cut pl\u00e1tanos diagonally into 1 inch chunks.

Cut plátanos diagonally into 1 inch chunks.

Heat canola oil in frying pan on medium heat.

Heat canola oil in frying pan on medium heat.

Fry pl\u00e1tano chunks over low-medium heat.  High heat will just burn outside and leave pl\u00e1tano undercooked inside so be patient and careful.

Fry plátano chunks over low-medium heat. High heat will just burn outside and leave plátano undercooked inside so be patient and careful.

Meanwhile, pour warm water in a small bowl.

Meanwhile, pour warm water in a small bowl.

Add salt.

Add salt.

Add garlic powder.

Add garlic powder.

Back to the pl\u00e1tanos.  Turn over chunks once during frying until both sides are golden.

Back to the plátanos. Turn over chunks once during frying until both sides are golden.

Get your tostonera out!  Alternatively, you can use a knife with a wide blade, the flat side of a meat mallet, or the bottom of a can.

Get your tostonera out! Alternatively, you can use a knife with a wide blade, the flat side of a meat mallet, or the bottom of a can.

Flatten the fried pl\u00e1tano chunks.

Flatten the fried plátano chunks.

Dip the flattened pl\u00e1tano chunks in the water+salt+garlic mix.

Dip the flattened plátano chunks in the water+salt+garlic mix.

Re-fry your flattened, seasoned pl\u00e1tano chunks on medium- high heat.  Fry until golden but do not burn!

Re-fry your flattened, seasoned plátano chunks on medium- high heat. Fry until golden but do not burn!

Remove tostones from heat once both sides are golden. Place on paper towel. Sprinkle with salt while still hot.

Tostones are the perfect side dish for just about any of Mami's meals.  We enjoyed our tostones with arroz blanco, habichuelas negras, pollo horneado, y ensalada de papa.  \u00a1Gracias Mami!

Tostones are the perfect side dish for just about any of Mami's meals. We enjoyed our tostones with arroz blanco, habichuelas negras, pollo horneado, y ensalada de papa. ¡Gracias Mami!

  • 1/2c Canola Oil
  • 2.0 Green Plantains
  • 1.0Tbsp Salt
  • 1/2Tbsp Garlic Powder