New York, NY, January 28, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- ABC’s One Life to Live Kamar de los Reyes brought a little Cuban spice to the Food Network on Paula’s Havana in Savannah Party. "Kamar tostones rellenos or stuffed plantain cups caused quite the happy commotion at our one-year-old business," said Annette E Alvarez, Tostobueno’s Director of Media. "We are still getting orders." Not familiar with the Latin equivalent of the French Fry ... from Chef DonClark, designer of the Tostobueno®.
Tostones are Patacones are Tachinos. In the end, it just depends if it’s a Dominican, Cuban, Colombian or Puerto Rican home serving what can be considered the Latin equivalent of the American French Fry. Tostones--sliced fried green plantains, smashed and refried--are served in many Latin homes for lunch and/or dinner up to three, four times a week. It’s tradition. “Everyone becomes a child when presented with a toston,” said Chef DonClark, Ambassador of Plantains™. “The toston speaks to the reverence that Latinos have when it comes to their food and certainly their family, and when you put the two together, fun is never far behind.” No wonder Kamar wanted to share with Paula and his fans . . . it's tradition. Still a little uncomfortable with how to cook tostones rellenos? Here's the plantain lowdown from the Ambassador of Plantains&trade.
The Ambassador of Plantains™ Suggested Cooking Instructions for Toston Rellenos/Cups or Chips
First: Fill large bowl with 3 cups of warm water and 4 tablespoons of garlic salt
Second: Peel green plantains (approx one per person). Cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks for chips or Cut into 2 inch chunks for cups. Place into garlic water to soak (approx 1/2 hour)
Third: Heat oil for frying (in a skillet or deep fryer) 360- 365 degrees. Remove plantains from garlic water and dry on a paper towel (to reduce chance of grease splatter). Place plantain pieces in hot oil for 6-7 minutes (or until color changes slightly). Then take them out and let them cool for about 30 seconds.
Fourth: Choose either the chip side or cup side of the Tostobueno®. Spray with cooking spray (this step is only needed the first time the Tostobueno® is used. Take the fried plantain and place it in the cup side lengthwise. Press down firmly to form the "tasita" or cup and then remove carefully - remember the plantain will still be hot.
Fifth: Quickly dip the plantain cup back in the cold water. This will make the plantain pieces crispy when refried.
Hold on, almost done...
Sixth: Place the molded plantain back into the hot oil one more time for 3 minutes (until golden brown). Remove pieces from hot oil and place on a paper towel. Lightly salt with popcorn salt, which is finer and sticks to the plantain better, but any salt is fine or skip this step completely.
Arrange on a platter and fill with Chef DonClark's sweet or savory toppings found at www.Tostobueno.com.
Remember . . . presentation is everything.
Cleaning Suggestions: Do not place in a dishwasher, as there is no need. Just wipe with a damp cloth and store. Not adhering to this suggestion may damage the new Tostobueno® product.