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Tostones , also called Patacones, are a side dish that is popular in many Latin American countries. The dish is made from sliced green (unripe) plantains which are cut either length-wise or width-wise and are twice fried. The slices of plantains are fried for 1-2 minutes on each side until they are golden in colour and removed, then patted for excess oil. Afterwards, they are pounded flat with a utensil made for the task called a "tostonera," or any kitchen utensil that has a large enough flat surface. The plantains are then fried once again until they are crisp and golden brown.

Tostones are salted and eaten much like potato chips/crisps or French fries/chips. In some regions it is customary to dip them in mojo (a garlic sauce). In some countries, they are served topped with cheese as an appetizer. They can also be bought pre-made from supermarkets. This food is found in all varieties of Caribbean cuisine. Tostones are also a staple of Latin American countries and the Caribbean, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, the north coast of Honduras, and Haiti (where they are known an banan peze and are often served with the traditional Haitian griot (fried pork) or pikliz - a pickled hot pepper mix). The dish is known as Patacones in Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. They can also be found in West African cuisine, where they are referred to as plantain crisps. In Nicaragua, Honduras, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic it is known under the name Tostones.

Breadfruit can also be made into tostones. The procedure is much the same, except the breadfruit has its green outer layer cut off, then the remainder is sliced inward in pieces no more than 1 inch - 2.5 cm. - thick. In the northern region of Colombia, patacones are made from unripe bananas too, giving them a lighter, sweeter flavor (This is also done in Puerto Rico).

Other uses of the term

In Honduras the term "Toston" may also refer to the fifty cent coin of the local currency, the lempira.

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