Pan Fried Plantain Patties
I have wanted to make these for a while, so I sent a picture of them to my Cuban friend and she said "mmm, tostones!" She made these for me a few years back and I have been craving them recently. So now I know the Cuban word for these delicious little plantain patties! These have a great potato-like texture, are rich in fiber and were really easy to make. My friend informed me they are usually served with mojo, which is a garlicky olive oil dipping sauce, so my infusing them with garlic was right on the money. If you wanted to make your life a little easier, you can use a garlic press to make the chopping go faster. Tostones also happen to be paleo and Whole 30 compliant. I paired these little patties with some carnitas and guacamole, a match made in Cuban food heaven.
1 green plantain
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup of room temperature water
salt to taste
In a small bowl, mix the garlic and water. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes, so that the garlic flavor gets infused into the water. I added a pinch of salt to the mixture as well.
Peel the plantain and chop into 1 inch chunks. Heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick pan. Fry for 2 minutes on side, then flip and fry for another 2 minutes. The plantain chunks should be a golden color. Remove from the heat and allow to drain on a paper towel for a minute. Turn off the heat for the pan so that the oil does not over heat and burn.
Using a flat cup or mason jar, smash the chunks so that they are flat patties on a cutting board. One st a time, soak the patties in the garlic infused water for 1 to 2 minutes. Allow the excess liquid to drain.
In the same pan with the already hot oil, turn the heat back on to medium. Add the patties back to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove from the pan, drain on a paper towel, top with a pinch of salt and enjoy!
MEG'S AFTERTHOUGHTS: For those of you who are looking to use Whole 30 as a way to drop some weight, I recommend that you do not eat too any of these often. I am not a doctor, but if you have questions you should consult a physician. While rich in vitamins and fiber, plantains are high in carbohydrates. If you plan on doing an intense work out, these would be good as a source of immediate carbs but if you eat these often and are not active, you may see yourself gain some weight.