Baked Tostones – These tasty planets have been made easier by baking rather than roasting – you won't believe how good they taste!
In most of the Caribbean and Latin America, twice fried vegetables called Tostones or Patacones (depending on which Latin America country you are from) are often eaten as an appetizer or side dish with any meal. They are cheap and easy to manufacture. Spiced with just a touch of salt, this has always been my favorite way to enjoy planets. Better yet, I love serving them with a dip like my Zesty avocado coriander dressing – yum!
A few years back, I experimented with baking the planets twice. They worked pretty well considering they weren't fried. Just last week I made them again and my aunt told me that she always microwaves with her plants before roasting them and we both wondered how those microwaves first followed by baking them after would work, so we put it to the test. The results were pretty amazing considering I wasn't deep fried and even faster and easier than my previous recipe. If you don't have a microwave, you can stick with my first recipe.
You have to start with green planets, the yellow ones are sweeter and do not work for this recipe. I figured a generous portion would be 1/2 of a large plantain, which is about 6 tostones. I weighed a large, peeled plant and it was about 8.25 oz. Pots, like bananas, contains a lot of potassium, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The only difference is that you have to cook them instead of eating them raw.
Later this week, I’m sharing a delicious sweet plantain recipe that my family makes at every BBQ in the backyard. Hope you enjoy these, they are naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy-free and even Paleo friendly!
Several simple starters recipes you may enjoy:
Baked tostones (green plants)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
These tasty planets have been made easier by baking rather than roasting – you won't believe how good they taste!
- 2 large green planets
- cooking spray
- kosher salt
Preheat oven to 425 ° F. Spray a large baking sheet with oil.
Trim the ends away from the planets. Score each plantain along two sides deep enough to cut through the skins.
Microwave the plant trees until they become soft in the middle. For 2 planets this takes approx. 6 to 6 1/2 minutes. For 1 plantain, approx. 3 to 3 1/2 minutes, depending on your microwave. The skins turn black.
Peel plants and cut them into 3/4 inch slices while warm. You should get about 12 per Plantain.
- Crush the hot plants (this should be done while warm) with the bottom of a jar, can or something flat. I used a two tone toner often found in Latin Markets or you can buy a two tone toner on Amazon for around $ 6, but everything flat will work.
Place them on the prepared baking sheet and spray generously with oil, season with salt and bake until golden on bottom, approx. 10 to 12 minutes. Turn and reverse on the other side until golden and crispy, about 8 minutes. Season with more salt and eat immediately while hot.
Serving: 6tostones (half-plane), calories: 137 kcal, carbohydrates: 36.5 g, protein: 1 g, fat: 1 g, saturated fat: 0.5 g, sodium: 6 mg, fiber: 3g, sugar: 16g
Blue Smart Points: 6
Green smart points: 6
Purple Smart Points: 0
Points +: 4
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