Last week, I posted the unboxing video for this meal. I won’t re-post that; you can check it out if you missed it. I held onto the plantains because they generally keep fairly well (we kept them away from our other produce). By Friday, I finally felt up to cooking again and the plantains definitely needed to be used.
It was a strange experience for me to pour that much oil into a pan and fry something, mash it flat, and then fry it again. I suppose since I’m from the South I should love that, but I didn’t grow up with a lot of fried foods. However, I absolutely love, love, LOVE fried plantains.
As you can see, my tostones are somewhat overcooked. Burnt. I did say I’m not used to frying things in that much oil! Also, I have an electric stove. The instructions said to heat the oil over medium-high heat, so I set the burner to a 7/10. I was supposed to cook the slices for about a minute per side. After the first side, I reduced the heat to about a 6 and cooked them maybe 40 seconds per side, with a lot less burning.
The spiced beans and rice were quite tasty and I may have leftovers tonight. Yes, it’s Sunday, which means I should have a new meal–and I will be cooking one–but I don’t know which yet! The new post(s) are coming soon!
And yes, I love my Halloween dinnerware. It’s supposed to glow in the dark (it doesn’t anymore though).