Monday, April 23, 2012

Terror Reign Green Plantains (Tostones)

Reign of terror?  REALLY???  Me thinks David Axelrod is channeling Fox News!

Terror Reign Green Plantains

No worries! This traditional Puerto Rican side dish is easy to prepare and updated to be healthier.
Makes 4 servings

8 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. salt, divided
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 ripe plantains
2 cups cold water

In a blender or small food processor combine 4 Tbsp. oil, garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt and pepper.  Blend or process 1 minute or until smooth; set aside.

Cut ends off of plantains and peel.  Slice on diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in large skillet. Place plantains in the oil and fry on both sides, about 3 minutes per side.

Remove the plantains from pan to a flat surface like a clean cutting board.  Add 2 Tbsp. remaining oil to skillet. 

Flatten plantains by pressing down with back of spatula.  Dip the plantains in water, then return them to the hot oil and fry 1 minute on each side. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately with garlic sauce.

Great with grill chicken, fish or pork tenderloin.

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