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Lala Govin's Tostonnes Recipe

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Anna 'Lala' Govin, age 92: TOSTONNES

 

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Anna 'LaLa' Govin
Added: Thursday, September 13, 2007

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
4 large green plantains.
1 sf. brown paper (grocery bags are best),
1 cup cooking oil, 2 T salt
(I like canola,abuelita used lard & lived to be 96!).
ajo dipping sauce (my own recipe),
4 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped.
6 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
2 tbsp minced onion, juice of 1 lemon

Directions:
Directions:
Peel Plantains and cut into 3/4 inch segments.
Bring oil to med high temperature in deep skillet.
fry plantains until LIGHT yellowish-brown and soft.. Remove from skillet and lightly drain. Place browned plantain segment between the folded brown paper and squash it down to 1/4 inch thick. scrape off with spatulas and place back into hot frypan until golden brown and crispy, turning to evenly cook both sides. Drain well on paper towels, salt and serve hot or with ajo dipping sauce.
Ajo sauce preparation;
Heat oil in shallow sauce pan, add minced onion and garlic and lightly saute...DO NOT brown, just saute until cooked and soft. Add in lemon juice, stir and serve hot in small dipping bowl.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
4
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
20 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Abuelita Anna, aka Lala, was born Anna Maria near Havana, Cuba in the last quarter of the 19th century. She grew up in a convent school while her merchant ship father plied the Caribbean in sailing vessels. I can remember sitting on her lap and listening to her tell me (in Spanish, since she never learned English) of the day she watched the USS Maine blow up from her dormitory convent window during the Spanish-American war. Anna married Juan (Sabino) Govin from the hamlet of San Antonio de los Banos outside of Havana. Juan worked in the Cuban tobacco industry and came to Tampa with his employer ahead of Anna and the children, Rita, Belinde, and Armand. Braving the crossing to the USA without funds or husband, Anna's strength saw her family safely to the USA and a new life in the Tampa Bay area. My Favorite thing to do when growing up was to have lunch, dinner, heck, ANY meal, with my Great Aunt Rita and my Great Grandmother, Anna Govin. The food from that kitchen was a little slice of family heaven for me...and this snack recipe is one of my favorites.

 

 

 

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