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BAKED CILANTRO GARLIC TOSTONES WITH FRESH GUACAMOLE AND CRISPY SPECK

Garlic Tostones Recipe

Ingredients:

2 green plantains

2 bunches of cilantro

2 garlic cloves

1 tomato

1 onion

1 jalapeño

2 avocados

3 slices of apple wood smoked prosciutto (or speck)

 Directions:

This recipe is super easy and perfect for an appetizer to share during a MDW picnic!

Peel and cut plantains in ¾ of an inch slices

Place on oiled baking pan and place in oven for 10-12 minutes on 350 degrees

Take 1 punch of cilantro, 1 garlic clove, olive oil, and salt into a food processor and pulse until you get a pesto like consistency

Take out of oven and smash with a bottom of a glass so they are slightly flat and round (don’t press down too hard, you still want them to be chewy in the center)

Spread your cilantro pesto on one side of the plantains and place back in over for 15 minutes

Meanwhile combine chop and combine the avocados, jalapeno, tomato, garlic, onion, and cilantro and smash with a mortar and pestle until smooth.

If you have room in the oven, take a lightly greased baking sheet and place speck on top and pop in the oven until it is crispy.

After 15 minutes take plantains out of the oven and smash them again (Note: the flatter they are, crispier they will be so it’s up to you!

Place the twice smashed plantains in a skillet on low heat with a little olive oil- turning over frequently until brown

Take speck out of the oven and roughly chop into small pieces and fold into guacamole

Add a little sea salt to your tostones and dip them into your guac and ENJOY!

(Read on for a spicy recipe…)

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