Tostones – Fried smashed Plantains is my all time fave side dish. Nothing tastes better than a lightly salted freshly fried tostone!
Tostones are made with green plantains. Plantains look like bananas but they aren’t bananas so please don’t peal them and eat as is. Plantains are starchier and must be cooked. There are 2 types of plantains. Green and ripe. The green ones are green and not sweet. The ripe ones were green but now are sweet and the skin is yellow… best used when they have black spots all over. A tostone is a twice fried smashed/flattened plantain. This recipe uses the green ones. The sweet plantains have their place and this is not it.. well at least not for me 😉