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This recipe for the Tostones is part of a sponsored campaign with TABASCO®. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Tostones are a Caribbean treat made with green plantains thick cut, smashed and fried twice. I have found these tostones are a great idea for preparing appetizers but with a Mexican twist. Inspired in the nachos recipe I created Tostones with Carnitas. A perfect finger food to serve during the holidays.
The carnitas are cooked with traditional seasonings such as cumin and garlic but I have added TABASCO® Jalapeño Green Sauce for an extra kick. The plantains are cut thick and then fried. And when tender they are taken out and smashed with a tostonera or in between two plates. To add that crispiness the tostones are fried a second time for other few minutes.
Now that the holidays are in full swing we need to have appetizer recipes that will help us feed the crowd and also wow them with the wonderful flavors of our Hispanic traditions and cuisine flavors. My style of cooking has been influenced by the Cuban cuisine and it flavors. Making this appetizer that mixes both cultures makes a good addition to Christmas or Las Posadas menu.
To achieve juicy pork meat is important to marinade and the TABASCO® Jalapeño Green Sauce is a good ally when thinking adding flavor and an unexpected tanginess to the meat. The TABASCO® sauces can be used as an ingredinet in many recipes such as spaghetti, tacos and seafood dishes like the shrimp diabla.
TABASCO® is always present in my table when organizing a taquiza and special events or just for weekly dinners at home. Try TABASCO Original Red, Chipotle and Habanero. All great additions to your family table. Because who can live without adding some spice to our favorite foods.
Happy holidays and good eats!