Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tostones con Queso - An easy Nicaraguan appetizer or light snack

A very simple and easy to prepare snack in Nicaragua is Tostones con Queso. Many times you will find this delicious treat under appetizers when you head to your favorite restaurant. For a variety, some restaurants serve Tostones con Carne - which basically is the same as the cheese variety but they substitute a small (cocktail size) meatball for the cheese.

Personally, I don't like such big hunks of cheese as some restaurants prepare them. The last time we made them we added a slice of tomato beneath the thin slice of cheese - truly delicious.

Tostones con Queso - Barca de Oro, Las Penitas, Nicaragua

Tostones con Queso with a slice of tomato
How to make these at home:

Choose green plantain. Peel your plantain and slice into sections about 3/4" to 1" . Put into hot oil. After about 2 minutes turn the cooking plantains over. Cook another 1 to 2 minutes and remove from oil. Squash each of the cooked plantains and put them back into the oil to cook until they are a nice golden brown. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel. Salt lightly. To serve - place a slice of cheese on top of each Tostone. You can add a slice of tomato or avocado if desired.