shared at the event by Teresa
recipe HERE, only using ripe plantains
lard or vegetable shortening to cover half the thickness of plantains
Peel and bias cut (diagonal) into one-inch thick slices. Heat the oil until medium hot — a drop of water will sizzle.
Fry the pieces briefly, about a minute or two per side. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, turning occasionally until they are brown and caramelized.
Sweet Tostones (Maduros): A Delicious Latin American Treat
Sweet Tostones (Maduros) are a popular Latin American delicacy and a staple in the cuisine of many countries in the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Colombia. This dish is basically a sweet version of the traditional fried plantain (tostones) with a twist of spice and sugar. It is believed to have originated from the African slaves who created it as a way to use their everyday food in different ways.
How to Make Sweet Tostones
Making Sweet Tostones (Maduros) is quite easy and can be made at home with the right ingredients. Begin by cutting the plantains into one-inch circular slices and then heating a large non-stick skillet over high heat. Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and once it is hot, fry the plantains until they are golden brown. Remove the plantains and place them on a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle each side with a generous amount of a cinnamon sugar mixture and let it rest. Once cooled, press each plantain slice in between two paper towels to flatten it into a tostone. Finally, re-heat the skillet and add a tablespoon of oil. Fry the tostones for another 2 minutes or until golden brown. Plate the Tostones and top with extra cinnamon sugar if desired.
Serving Sweet Tostones
Sweet Tostones can be served as a dessert, appetizer or side dish. They are often served with a simple dipping sauce made of sour cream, honey, and a pinch of salt. Sweet Tostones (Maduros) pair well with many different side dishes and can also be enjoyed with an ice-cold glass of Horchata, a creamy traditional Latin American beverage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do Sweet Tostones (Maduros) taste like?
A: Sweet Tostones (Maduros) have a unique blend of savory and sweet flavors thanks to the cinnamon and sugar. They are rich, sweet, and tender on the inside with a crunchy exterior.
Q: Can Sweet Tostones be served as a dessert?
A: Yes, Sweet Tostones (Maduros) make a great dessert when served with a simple dipping sauce made from sour cream, honey, and a pinch of salt.
Q: Is there a different version or a twist to Sweet Tostones (Maduros)?
A: Yes, Sweet Tostones can be prepared with the addition of coconut milk and other spices to give them a unique flavor.
Q: How long does it take to make Sweet Tostones?
A: Overall, Sweet Tostones (Maduros) take about 30 minutes to make from start to finish.
3 very ripe plantains (heavy black spotting to a fully black skin)
Lard or vegetable shortening, to cover half the thickness of the plantains
Peel and bias cut the plantains diagonally into one-inch thick slices.
Heat the lard or vegetable shortening until it’s medium hot – a drop of water should sizzle.
Fry the pieces briefly for about a minute or two per side.
Reduce the heat to low, and continue cooking the plantains, turning occasionally until they are brown and caramelized.
Make sure to use very ripe plantains for this recipe.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Snack
- Method: Fry
- Cuisine: Caribbean
- Diet: Halal
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 150 kcal
- Sugar: 4g
- Sodium: 10mg
- Fat: 7g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Unsaturated Fat: 5g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 19g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 1g
- Cholesterol: 1mg
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