Plantain Tostones with Mango Salsa and Cilantro Chimichurri

I'm excited to share today a recipe inspired by my time in the Dominican Republic! Vacation is a precious time in residency, especially because there's no summers or holidays, and we used this to celebrate our 1 year anniversary.

Our last time off was 8 months  ago (which we just went home), so our last true vacation had actually been our honeymoon. As B had never really traveled, I planned the entire honeymoon to Paris and Greece.  Of course, that meant the honeymoon involved a lot of food, museums, art, museums, culture, museums, history, museums, architecture, and museums in a fast paced, action packed trip that included lots of waking up early and no naps (That's how B describes it to our friends). What can I say, I'm a jet-setter!

While B enjoyed the honeymoon, he said he would plan the next trip. It would be a "leisurely," "non-thinking," "no museums," "relaxing" beach resort where he would get to sleep all day.
Plantain Tostones with Mango Salsa and Cilantro Chimichurri | Obsessive Cooking Disorder

I agreed and let B pick - we settled on the Caribbean, close by since we only had a week because of my medical exams and schedule. Also, at this point of residency, I was happy to have a more laid back vacation that included lots of sleeping.

B wanted an all inclusive resort because that would take care of the vacation planning, and we looked at recommendations by friends .... until we saw the $$$ prices.

So we googled "Budget Caribbean Islands" and discovered Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Since we vacation at weird times, there was a package on a huge sale, and the deal was even better because we booked it through Costco (we do love Costco) - so we got grocery vouchers too!
Plantain Tostones with Mango Salsa and Cilantro Chimichurri | Obsessive Cooking Disorder
Our all inclusive resort had beautiful beaches, fun activities (Latin dancing classes, paddle-board yoga, casino, local arts and crafts), but most of all, had tons of food. There were buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as dine-in restaurants.

As B devoured an impressive amount of steak and lobsters, I tried to eat the Latin and Caribbean foods. I ate lots of seafood, coconuts, and plantains / tostones, which you don't see as much in the northeast. Even back in Texas, I always preferred traditional Hispanic food over the heavy Tex Mex dishes.
B and I were super sad to leave our resort, so to ease the vacation blues, I've been cooking some Caribbean inspired food this week.  Plantain Tostones, twice fried plantains (fry once, then smash, then fry again), are a common side dish. They are delicious on their own, and I've topped them with mango salsa and a cilantro chimichurri for even more flavor. Recipe adapted from Get Inspired Everyday. Enjoy this taste of the Caribbean!

Plantain Tostones with Mango Salsa and Cilantro Chimichurri


Ingredients
PLANTAIN TOSTONES
1-2 plantains
olive oil
salt, to taste

MANGO SALSA
3/4 cup mango, diced
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced (2 tablespoons)
1 small jalapeno, diced
salt and pepper, to taste

CILANTRO CHIMICHURRI
1 small bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 1/2 limes, juiced (3 tablespoons)
1 small jalapeno, diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions
Make your salsa and chimichurri first.

MANGO SALSA: Toss your diced mango, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and jalapeno in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

CILANTRO CHIMICHURRI: In a blender or food processor, combine your cilantro, garlic, onion, lime, jalapeno and pulse for a few seconds. Add a bit of the olive oil, then pulse for a few seconds. Add more oil then pulse briefly againm and repeat until eventually all the olive oil is in, to emulsify the sauce.  Blend until the chimichurri is creamy. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

TOSTONES: For the tostones, preheat a large skillet over medium heat with oil. Peel plantain and slice straight down to make 1" thick circles (not diagonal) and add to skillet. Fry for a few minutes per side til just golden without browning on each side. Adjusting the heat if they brown too much

Using tongs, remove and place on a chopping board. With the side of a large knife (or something flat), smash the fried plantains flat into 1/4 inch thick discs. Fry the flattened plantains again, a few minutes per side until golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle sea salt.

To serve, top each plantain chip with your mango salsa and top with the cilantro chimichurri. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

28 comments

  1. I miss the Caribbean so much! Looks delicious love!

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    1. One day we can go back and lounge some more (without me rushing to go back to a 28 hour medical ICU call) <3

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  2. I love plantains so I know this would be a great dish for me. The colours make me think party food too! Nice

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  3. Oh yum! I really like plantains. I bet they are even better paired with mango salsa.

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  4. Looks delish! The spork is also a big fan of napping on vacation, I will look into this place once I am assigned my vacation weeks!

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    1. You should totally look into it Sarah. It's super romantic and relaxing :)

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  5. Oooh, thanks for sharing! I love trying new recipes. Will have to add this one to my "to-cook" list. ;)

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  6. I'm gonna need you to give me some booking details on that vacation! Sounds like y'all had so much fun! Tostones are so delicious and I love that you used them as the base for little bite sized appetizers.

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    1. Yes, feel free to ask/email me for booking details - I loved the resort we stayed at and would totally recommend it!

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  7. Oh em eff gee, haha. You had me at the mango salsa--and I love plantains!! :D These look like the perfect appetizer!

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  8. what a fun getaway! i think i've only had plantains once, and they were not memorable, but this dish looks bright and refreshing and delicious!

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    1. Plantains have to be cooked and flavored hands down. I once tried to eat them raw before a 10k race like a banana and choked on the texture

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  9. Oh My! This looks fantastic. Come on summer so I can eat these every day.

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  10. These look so fresh and bright! I will definitely try this come summer :)

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  11. These are absolutely STUNNING. I've only made plantains a few times, but I definitely want to experiment with them more in the future!

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    1. We use them a lot in the Philippines, but I'm used to eating them sweet and fried. Experimenting with them savory now and it's been fun to play with their versatility

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  12. Wow, I've never thought of doing a chimichurri with cilantro before, what a great idea!

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    1. It's a natural combination, just one I hadn't done before :)

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