A while ago I wrote about my experiences eating out while on the AIP diet as well as one of the places I have fallen in love with the most… a little Peruvian restaurant called Mami Nora’s. Not only does this place have local, organic, chicken cooked over a wood burning rotisserie, it has a little side dish called tostones, or fried green plantains.
Tostones are a dish commonly found in South America and Puerto Rico, made by taking green plantains, breaking them into pieces, frying them, flattening them and then frying them again. They are a delicious side dish or appetizer and very easy to make AIP.
I especially love them because they are so satisfying and filling and a welcome deviation to the AIP meat and veggie rotation that can so easily become boring. I made these as an appetizer for my family when they came into town for a visit, but they are also a delicious snack if you are up to the task. I recommend pairing them with this simple AIP Guacamole recipe!
- 2-3 Green Plantains
- 1/4 Cup of Palm Oil or Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Tsp of Sea Salt
- Peel your plantains and break them into pieces about 2-3 inches long.
- In a large sauce pan heat your oil on medium heat and drop in your plantain piece.
- Cook them until they are slightly soft and starting to become golden on all sides.
- Remove the plantain pieces and dry them on a towel or paper towel.
- Taking the bottom of a drinking glass gently press down the pieces until they are about half their original hight.
- Place them back in the oil and cook for another 2 minutes per side or until entirely golden.
- Remove and salt, serving immediately with AIP guacamole.
This looks like a fabulous recipe. I want to make it, as soon as the heat wave passes. Right now it’s way too hot to cook in southern Oregon…
I understand that! We’ve had quite a few too hot to cook days here lately.
I’ve never had plantains before. Do you think bananas would work?
Plantains have a very starchy taste like a potato so these to stones traditionally have a more savory taste. Bananas would be sweeter, but friend bananas are delicious in their own right!
I love plantains…this is a great dish!
Ooohh, I’ve never actually had a plantain but love “fried green tomatoes” so def want to try this! Now to find a plantain!
I’m not sure where you are, but I can usually find them at most grocery stores. In fact, Food Lion tends to have them the cheapest.
I really need to try some plantains!
I have never made fried plantains! I need to give this a try!
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