These are great served with Arroz con Pollo or by themselves. If you have never tried plantains, you should give this a try! It's simple and delicious. (In this area the only place I have found green plantains is Meijer. If you know of another local vendor, please let me know.)
Tostones are sliced plantains fried in oil, smashed and fried again. I forgo the second frying and just slice and fry the plantains. Those of you who know me know that I am not a fried food kind of gal, but these are definitely an indulgence that I do enjoy once in awhile!
Two is plenty for our family: two adults and two kids (9 & 5).
To get the skins off of the plantains you need to start by cutting the ends off. Then slice down the plantain with a paring knife all around it. Peel each strip off.
Slice plantains into diagonal slices, 3/4 inch thick.
Cook in oil until golden brown.
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Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with salt.
I like them plain like this, and so do the kids. My husband, on the other hand, likes them dipped in ketchup like fries. I've also had them with a guacamole type dip on top. My mother-in-law made it once and I still haven't gotten a "recipe" for it. :) One of these days maybe.