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Makes 12 Tostones
This typical Puerto Rico recipe is easy to do and a great way to bring a splash of the Caribbean to your party. These stuffed tostones are a great appetizer to serve at any get-together with friends and family. You can customize them by stuffing them with your favorite meats and veggies. This recipe stuffs them with a traditional picadillo (ground beef mixture) but you can stuff them with any mixture you like from veggies to fish to chicken.
- 3 green plantains
- 2 cups shredded cheese (any variety)
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Tostonera for mashing plantains (can be found here)
- ½ cup diced tomatoes or ¼ cup fresh cilantro, crushed (for garnish)
- Peel green plantains and cut into 2’ barrels.
- Fry in vegetable oil at 325°F (medium-high) for about 7 min or until golden brown.
- Use a tostonera to mash plantain barrels into cup shapes.
- Fry the cups again at 365°F (high) about 10 seconds at a time to get crispy, but don’t let them brown too much, since you will bake them later.
- Take cups out and set on paper towels to allow oil to drain off.
- Stuff each cup full with picadillo and top with shredded cheese.
- Preheat oven to 300°F
- Bake Stuffed Tostones for 20-30 min, until the tops are browning.
- Remove from oven and let cool 5-7 min before serving.
- Garnish with diced tomatoes or fresh cilantro.
How to Make Picadillo:
1 lb. lean ground beef
¼ cup ready-made sofrito
½ cup diced onions
½ cup diced bell pepper (green and yellow or red)
½ cup chopped cilantro
2 recao leaves
¼ cup sliced olives
1 tbsp. capers
salt and pepper to taste
4 oz. tomato sauce
- Cook the ground beef with sofrito, onions, peppers, cilantro, and recao until the meat is done.
- Add the olives, capers, salt and pepper, and tomato sauce. Cook another 5 minutes or so to cook down any extra liquids. That’s it.
This article was written by Captain Tim and the Crew of Caribbean Trading Company.
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