Thursday, January 27, 2011

Baked Tostones with Mojo Verde(Green Dipping Sauce)

These crunchy-munchies are famous Latin American plantain appetizer.Traditionally fried twice ; loaded with fat calories,the recipe here is inspired by Chef Juan's low fat healthy variation.
Chef Juan's boils them first in flavored broth until tender,then gently smashes and bakes until crisp.The green dipping sauce,Mojo verde is simply a concoction of fresh herbs and spices with tangy touch of lemon(can be replace with vinegar or cider vinegar).

Recipe : Baked Tostones adapted from Chef Juan's Original recipe
Serves 4
2 large green plantains
1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth (low-sodium, fat-free)

For Mojo Dipping Sauce
2 cups fresh cilantro/coriander leaves
2 cloves garlic, peeled
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

To make Tostones
Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Boil Plantains in Broth
Bring the broth to a boil,add salt and the spices.Peel the plantains and slice about an inch thick and carefully drop in the boiling water.Cook until tender about 10 minutes.Drain all water.Pat the plantains dry with a kitchen towel.
Bake the boiled plantains
Lay the boiled plantain pieces between a plastic wrap,gently mashed them using a mallet or back of a heavy pan.Now set them on a baking sheet,spray oil and bake for 10 minutes,turn and bake another 6-8 minutes.Serve warm with the dipping sauce.

To make the Dipping sauce
Smoothly blend all of the sauce ingredients,refrigerate in air tight container and use for dipping hearty baked tostones.


Pavithra said...

Looks awesome ..perfect appetizer and droolworthy dip...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Addictive! A combo that is totally mouthwatering.



Pari said...

Wow, I'm drooling over the color of the dip and such a healthy innovative appetiser.


divya said...

Slurp soo tempting and drool-worthy dish..

Prathibha said...

Looks know wat I m going to make it this weekend..hv plantains @ home..looks reallyy appetizing

Gabby@FoodChowDown said...

funny you just posted this tostones recipe. I've been thinking of tostones the past few days. I've always been a maduras (sweet plaintains) fan. I want to make it with ropa vieja served on top of the tostones. Hmm now I'm hungry. :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Awesome combo. An extremely drool worthy dish.

Hamaree Rasoi

Jennifurla said...

I can't resist the color of that sauce! Awesome, my daughter is a dipper and would this.

Priya said...

Very prefect looking starters, yummy dip..

Shubha said...

U have an awesome blog... yasmeen... Love all ur delish healthy recipes..

Btw I have a small award for u in my blog...:) check it out plz

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