Friday, September 24, 2010

Tostones Rellenos "When you think it is perfect, it just becomes better"

Tostones or Patacones, whatever the name it is a dish which has crossed over in the food world.  I'll leave it up to the Simple Chef™, with his great product Tostobueno ® "The Ultimate Tostonera"


Earlier in the evening a woman had told me she needed to smoke a cigarette when she finished the apples and toston and ice cream concoction. You get the inference there. By the end of the night the word had spread throughout the rustic gymnasium that something special was going on at our booth. And we were happy to oblige as long as we could. It’s no secret what was happening. We had suddenly made fried green plantains accessible to the eating public. Even Latinos who have spent a lifetime with tostones are finding this everyday foodstuff they’ve eaten sometimes three times a day a versatile platform to build a whole new food craze inside and outside of their communities. It has happened with Italian food, Chinese, Mexican, Thai and their forerunner soul food. Once the food is demystified it becomes accessible. By putting cinnamon apples and ice cream in a tostone cup, it paves the way for more traditional Latin fillings like roast pork, or shrimp in a sofrito sauce.

You can see the Tostonera in action this Saturday at the Hispanic Festival in Coral Gables.


3 Green Plantains
2 cans of Cherry, Lemon, Apple Pie Filling. Your favorite brand
1 bottle of Whipped Cream. Your favorite brand
8 ounces of Chocolate to melt. Your favorite brand. Melt whatever way you are use to melting chocolateinch Frying four tostones at a time, enough Oil to cover the plantains while frying either a deep fryer or frying pancup A Green Plantain Toston Relleno molder. I prefer the Tostobueno, the Ultimate Tostonera®


Step 1
First: Fill large bowl with 3 cups of warm water and 4 tablespoons of garlic salt.

Step 2
Second: Peel green plantains (approx 1 per person). Cut into 2 inch chunks for cups. Place into garlic water to soak (approx 1/2 hour).

Step 3
Third: Heat oil for frying (in a skillet or deep fryer) 360- 365 degrees. Remove plantains from garlic water and dry on a paper towel (to reduce chance of grease splatter). Place plantain pieces in hot oil for 6-7 minutes (or until color changes slightly). Then take them out and let them cool for about 30 seconds.

Step 4
Fourth: Choose the cup side of the Tostobueno®. Spray with cooking spray. Take the fried plantain and place it in the cup side lengthwise. Press down firmly to form the “tasita” or cup and then remove carefully–remember the plantain will still be hot.

Step 5
Fifth: Quickly dip the plantain cup back in the cold water. This will make the plantain pieces crispy when refried. Hold on, almost done…

Step 6
Sixth: Place the molded plantain back into the hot oil one more time for 3 minutes (until golden brown).

Step 7
The Finish —Melt the chocolate. Place toston cup on bed of chocolate. Scoop favorite fruit topping into cup. Top with whipped cream.

Step 8
THIS DESSERT IS ABSOLUTELY DELISH. And very easy to make once the toston peeling, cutting and frying is mastered. For more “How to” pics go to my profile.

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In Step 3, removing plantains from garlic water and drying on a paper towel reduces chance of grease splatter when placing the cut green plantain in oil for first fry.

Step 15
In Step 4, spraying the Tostobueno® with cooking spray is only needed the first time the Tostobueno® is used.

Step 16
In Step 5, quickly dipping the plantain cup back in the cold water makes the plantain pieces crispy when refried. After remove pieces from hot oil and placing on a paper towel after second fry, lightly salt with popcorn salt, which is finer and sticks to the plantain better, but any salt is fine or skip this step completely.

Step 17
Remember presentation is everything—and WHEN FRYING ANYTHING, BE CAREFUL!

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