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Cold Sweet Cherry Pie Toston

3 Green Plantains
2 cans of your favorite pie filling.
Whipped Cream.
8 ounces of Chocolate to melt.
Frying four tostones at a time, enough Oil to cover the plantains while frying in either a deep fryer or frying pan.
A Tostonera that mashes and molds the plantain into a Cup

First: Fill large bowl w/3 cups of warm water & 4 tablespoons of garlic salt.

Second: Peel green plantains (approx 1 per person). 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 & 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 the cup side of your tostonera. 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 cup 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).

And Finally: Melt the chocolate. Place toston cup on bed of chocolate. Scoop your favorite pie filling into cup. Top with whipped cream.

Remember Presentation is Everything

In Step 3, removing plantains from garlic water and drying on a paper towel reduces chance of grease splatter when placing the cut green plantain in oil for first fry.
In Step 5, quickly dipping the plantain cup back in the cold water makes the plantain pieces crispy when refried.
In Step 6, after remove pieces from hot oil and placing on a paper towel after second fry, lightly salt with popcorn salt, which is finer and sticks to the plantain better, but any salt is fine or skip this step completely.
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