The Cast: Green Plantains, platano smasher
Here is the way my mama taught me how to peel a green plantain.Chop off the ends. Make 2-3 slits from top to bottom. Remove the peel with your knife or your fingers like i did . Easy peasy.
Cut into 1 inch thick round pieces
In a frying pan,pour some canola oil. Raise the flame to medium high heat. Place a few pieces in the pan making sure not to crowd them. We want to cook them partially.
Cook them until browned and partially cooked. We don't want to over fry them too much right now cause they will get smashed and refried a second time.
Place the plantain in the plantain smasher also called a tostonera and smash away. Peel the tostone piece gently off the tostonera with a butter knife if stuck.
Don't own a tostonera ? No problems , you can use a small plate or board, put some foil on a table and smash away.
Now here is what i do next. Add some salt to a bowl of warm water.
Working quickly dunk a pce in the water & add to the frying pan immediately. Make sure the heat is on med-high heat. DO NOT RE-FRY THE TOSTONES ON MEDIUM LOW HEAT. It will absorb too much oil. Yucky
Remove them when they have browned nicely and sprinkle some garlic salt or salt.
Enjoy..You have now made TOSTONES.
Want to save some for later, no problem, do what I do. Fry them the first time and smash. When cooled I like to place them on this glad press and seal wrap and put in a gallon size freezer bag.
Some Tips : 1-To preserve a green plantain put it in the fridge. They get yellow quick. 2-Never peel a cold green plantain, bring it to room temp then peel. They are hard to peel when cold.:)