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Paleo Tostones, A Green Plantain Appetizer

Paleo Tostones are a staple food in our home for parties, holidays, and tapas night! They are perfectly fried, with crispy edges and slightly tender center. The Paleo Adobo Seasoning gives them a salty flavor that tastes great with salsa and guacamoles. Oh, and did we mention that all of the food we cook and all of the images we take for our website are made and taken in our kitchen, right before we eat the food? Well, if I haven’t, they are. I think its important to let you know there is no crazy setup for our cooking or photography – we cook everything on this site after a long day of work and even have time to sit down and enjoy each other’s company!

We like to point that out because we think it is important to note that these recipes are manageable and fit into real, actual life – not just for people who have hours and hours a day to pull out a delicious meal!

So with that being said, this recipe is Angel’s. I love that he has such a different cooking background than I do because it opens a lot of doors I would have never stepped through. I hope you all try to be a little adventurous and try it out! Straight out of Puerto Rico, these Paleo Tostones are addictive and delicious!

Paleo Tostones

Green Plantains*

Coarse Sea Salt

Paleo Adobo Seasoning (for dusting the plantains)

Coconut Oil (enough for frying)

*The plantains must be green – not yellow, not brown, green.

Peel the plantains. Don’t worry, this is not as easy as a banana, you aren’t for lack of skill. Use a knife to help by cutting the ends off, then down the length through the peel. Next, get your fingernails under the peel and peel it back in chunks. Cut the peeled plantains into 1 ½” chunks. Place the peeled plantain chunks in a bowl of cold water that has been sea salted and soak them for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the plantains from the water and drain on a paper towel.

Heat the coconut oil over medium-high (~6) heat. Fry the plantain chunks until lightly golden. Next, remove them from the oil and smash them flat (we use a glass or plate). Then return them to the oil until golden brown.

Once golden brown, remove from the heat and lightly dust with Paleo Adobo Seasoning.

This recipe is Vegan!

NOTE: you can smash these into a cup shape and fill them with goodies and then bake them to finish as well…like with our Paleo Taco Meat and then top with our Paleo Restaurant-Style Guacamole! And don’t forget the Paleo Traditional Flan or Paleo Lemon Flan!!