The Merry Green Plantain

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How many calories in a piece of fried plantain? Are fried plantains a NO-NO if you have diabetes? Full of photographs, learn, step by step the art of twice fried plantains. There is even a low-calorie version...

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The Merry Green Plantain

  1. 1. The Merry Green PlantainTostones/Patacones Step by Step<br />Lorena Drago MS RD CDN CDE<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  2. 2. What are Plantains, Tostones, Patacones?<br />Musa paradisiaca, the plantain (pronounced /ˈplæntən/) is a crop in the genus Musa and is generally used for cooking, in contrast to the soft, sweet banana <br />Tostones (also known as Pataconesin Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador) are twice-fried plantain patties often served as a side, appetizer, or snack. <br />Plantains are sliced in 4-cm (1.5-in) long pieces and fried in oil. They are individually smashed down either with a bottle&apos;s bottom side or with a tostonera to about half their original height. Finally, the pieces are fried again and then seasoned to taste, often with salt. In some countries like Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic the tostones are dipped in creole sauce from chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp before eaten.<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantain<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  3. 3. Remove skin <br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  4. 4. Nutrition Composition of Raw Green Plantain – 1 ounce (28g)<br />www.nutritiondata.com <br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  5. 5. Can People with Diabetes eat FRIED PLANTAINS?<br />YES!!!!! One piece (1 ounce) has 68 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrate.<br />Most adult women need between 45-60 grams of carbohydrate per meal while most adult men need between 60-75 grams. <br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />PORTIONCONTROL ALERT<br />FOOD<br />
  6. 6. Cut green plantain in small pieces<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  7. 7. A one-inch plantain piece<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  8. 8. Fry using canola oil for about 6 minutes or until golden brown<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  9. 9. Merry Plantain pieces cooking for the FIRST time<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  10. 10. After 6 minutes on medium heat they acquire a golden hue<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  11. 11. To make patacones or tostones, use a bottle, plate or tostonera to flatten the piece<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  12. 12. A flattened piece stuck to plate<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  13. 13. Remove using a knife. I like mine my patacones thin<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  14. 14. Tostonera – $4.99 Amazon.com<br />Imusa Small Wood Tostonera – www.amazon.com <br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  15. 15. To reduce calories up to 50%, place in a toaster oven until crisp<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  16. 16. Traditionally, plantains are fried a second time after flattening<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  17. 17. How many calories in ONE Piece?<br />http://199.133.10.140/codesearchwebapp/(e3nohyuupx4ekz55ozqpddb4)/measures.aspx?id=71900200 <br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  18. 18. Final Product: Crispy/goldenSprinkle with salt<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />
  19. 19. Thank youGracias<br />VISIT<br />www.hispanicfoodways.com<br />Lorena Drago MS RD CDN CDE<br />

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