Tostones With Cilantro Garlic Sauce

April 29, 2020
I have mentioned many times before how wonderful plantains are because of how cheap and versatile they are. They can also be eaten at various stages of ripeness, depending on what you want to make with them. Plantains are typically boiled, fried, or baked. One popular snack made from plantains is tostones. They are generally fried, but I baked them to make a slightly healthier version. When making tostones, be sure to use green, unripe plantains. They are more starchy and less sweet at this stage.

You can enjoy these tostones by themselves, but I like to dip them in this cilantro garlic sauce. The fresh, bright flavors from the herbs and lime juice bring the tostones to life. Serve these alongside a salad and some rice to turn it into a more substantial meal.
tostones recipe

Tostones With Cilantro Garlic Sauce

Recipe Type: Allergen Free Appetizers
utensils YIELDS 1-2 servings
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  • For the tostones:
  • 1 green plantain
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • to taste sea salt
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
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Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Peel the plantain and slice it into 1/2 inch chunks. Add the chunks to a bowl with the olive oil and toss well to coat.

3. Spray a large baking sheet with non stick spray and arrange the plantains in a single, even layer. Sprinkle with sea salt.

4. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven. Flip the plantains. Using a tostone press or the bottom of a flat cup, flatten the plantains until they are about 1/4 inch thick.

5. Place the plantains back in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.

6. While the plantains are baking, prepare the sauce. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend well.

7. Remove the tostones from the oven and pat dry with a paper towel before serving.

 

Also by Lauren: Cheesy Vegan Tomato Pie

Vegan Fried Plantain Avocado Burrito

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Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.

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