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How to cook with green plantains

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[Denisse Oller - aarp.org/denisse] Plantains, or plantanos, are not just your average banana. You'd know it if you took a bite out of a plantain. I'm going to show you my secreto to cooking with green plantains. [♪ music ♪] [Secretos de Cocina con Denisse] [Aviso de Sorteo] Make sure you stick around to see how you can win a fantastic after dinner game. Platanos are a staple of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine and are versatile and delicious at every stage of ripeness. At its first stage, green, platanos are very starchy. So think of them as a potato or a root vegetable that can be boiled, fried, or mashed. That reminds me of my recipe for fufu de platano. You have to try it. I love to enjoy green platanos as tostones, also called patacones, which are deliciously twice-fried slices that are lightly salted. Green platanos are very firm to the touch and will require a bit more effort when cutting and peeling. Begin by cutting the ends of the platano. Next, you'll want to submerge them under hot water to soften the peel. After a few minutes, remove the platano and cut the peel lengthwise along the seams and then just peel. I cut them into ¾-inch slices. They are so easy to make. Just heat up vegetable oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, fry the tostones for 4 or 5 minutes until they are lightly golden. Now smash them into flash rounds in a tostonera and fry them again until they are done, another 3 to 4 minutes. Place on paper towels to remove excess oil, add salt, and enjoy. Do you have another technique you want to share? Let me know in the Comments section, and 5 of you could win this fantastic new board game. Details in the description. Make sure you subscribe and keep a lookout for a future secreto de cocina tip for ripe platanos. I can't wait to show you. Hasta la proxima. [AARP® - Posibilidades a tu alcance] [♪ music ♪] If you'd like to see more recipes and cooking tips, just click on the videos you see here. [Still hungry?] [Fry Healthy] [Ripe plantains] And if you're still hungry, visit us at aarp.org/denisse. Subscribe now to receive my cooking secrets, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. [facebook - /AARPenEspanol] [Twitter - @AARPenEspanol] [aarp.org/denisse]

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Duration: 2 minutes and 28 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Stephanie Salguero
Director: Nina Halper
Views: 68
Posted by: aarp on Oct 11, 2013

Plantains or plátanos are not just your average banana. Check out how Denisse uses plantains at their first stage of ripeness to make a delicious treat!
Due 10.18.13

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