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Old 11-16-2012, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Using Hua Moa to Make Tostones

I made a batch of tostones last night using green 'Hua Moa' bananas, just like I normally do with a green plantain bought at the grocery store and the result was totally different. They fried up much differently but I don't really know how to explain it. They were sort of "airy", much less dense than plantains. From anyone with experiece cooking with 'Hua Moa', is this typical with them? Perhaps they just have a different texture than true plantains.

I peeled the banana, sliced it about 1/2-3/4" thick, fried for 2-3 minutes on each side, removed them from the oil, mashed them with the bottom of a glass (I noticed at this point that they were much softer than the plantains I'm used to cooking with), returned them to the oil for a few minutes on each side until the fried up to a nice golden color. They weren't bad but I didn't think they were as good as actual plantains. Perhaps it's only because I've only ever had them made with plantains. Just looking for a little input from others who have cooked with them. Thanks!
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Hiya Re: Using Hua Moa to Make Tostones

Hua moas make the BEST tostones, but you have to be sure they are not too ripe. If the banana is already yellow it will be too soft for "normal" tostones, so use them when they have the slightest hint of yellow.

If you allow them to become very yellow, they are also delicious out of hand. They are also very good straight from the microwave, slice just through the skin along the long axis (two or three slits), microwave on high for a minute or so. Still tasty without all the oil.

That's my experience with them, I'm sure there are others!
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hiya Re: Using Hua Moa to Make Tostones

My experience has been that they are a little fluffier than regular macho plantains. I prefer them to a regular plantain, but that's a matter of personal preference. I do prefer the macho plantains for maduros. Hua Moas do make fantastic chips. I dust them with garlic powder and chile powder
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Thanks for the input. These bad boys were as green as they could be-trust me! Fluffy is a very good way to describe them.
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Sounds like they are very similar to ARH's, which are less dense than the normal store bought platano.
Everyone tells me that they prefer them because they fry quicker and are more crispy.
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I cook them when they have some yellow on the skin. Just slice them and steam, then add a little salt. Delicious and fat free!
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