Picture: Charlotte Griffiths
The team from La Latina Bustaurante show you how to make their famous tostones, aka crispy fried plantains
Green plantain (as many as you want to eat!)
Salt to taste
Peel the plantains: the easiest way to do this is cut the edges and then use a knife to make shallow cuts all around to peel back the skin.
Cut the plantain into chunks of about 2.5cm.
Heat the oil to a medium high temperature – you need enough oil to cover the plantains – and fry until cooked. When ready, they’ll become yellow. It should take two to three minutes.
Take them out of the oil, and with the help of a tortilla press squeeze the plantain: you could also use two plates, or the bottom of a bowl to smash them and prevent the plantain from sticking.
Reheat the oil and fry the smashed plantain slices until gold: add salt to taste and enjoy! They are very good on their own, but even better with dips and toppings! Try avocado or sour cream.