Tostones (fried green plantains) are a staple side dish in both Latin American and Caribbean cuisine. They are easy to make, but are traditionally fried in a lot of oil which doesn't make them healthiest to eat. In this recipe for baked tostones, there is a minimal amount of oil, which makes them healthier and crispy.  You will need a tool called a tostonera or a plantain smasher. There are several types of tostoneras but for these you will need the traditional one that just flattens them like the one shown below. If you don't have a tostonera you can place the pieces on a cutting board and flatten them using the bottom of a jar. You have to try these baked tostones! They're delicious!

Oven Fried Tostones With Garlic Mojito Sauce [Vegan]

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Ingredients

For the Garlic Mojito Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • pinch of salt

 For the Tostones:

  • 3 large green plantains
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt for sprinkling
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Preparation

For the Garlic Mojito Sauce:

  1. In a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic cloves and salt.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients into a reusable container.
  3. Stir until mixed and set aside.

 For the Tostones:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Peel and diagonally slice each plantain into 1/2 inch pieces.
  3. Brush some of the olive oil on both sides of the plantain slices and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove plantains from the oven. Plantains will be hot so be careful when handling the slices.
  6. Take each slice and place it in the plantain press and flatten into a round shape.
  7. Brush each plantain round with olive oil on both sides and place them back on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and sprinkle some salt one all of the pieces.
  10. Serve with garlic mojito sauce.
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