Thalia's tostones and prawn party boats

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves12
  • DifficultyMedium

For the tostones

3 green plantains
360ml cold water
1/4 tsp salt
Rapeseed oil, for frying

For the party prawns

Extra-virgin olive oil, for sauteing
12 large fresh prawns, peeled and deveined
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch dried oregano
Fresh lime slice

For the topping

3 tbsp mayonnaise
120ml tomato ketchup
1/8 tsp minced garlic in olive oil
Lime slices
Salt, for seasoning
Tostones:

1) Cut off both ends of the plantains with large knife. Slice end to end in the grooves and peel.

2) Cut the plantains into approximately 5 cm pieces. You should have approximately 15 pieces. Put them into a bowl with the cold water and salt. Set aside.

3) In a large skillet, heat about 2 to 3 inches of rapeseed oil over medium heat.

4) Dry the tostones with paper towels. Carefully drop them into the hot oil, in batches if necessary, and fry until they turn from peachy white to yellow, but not brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to paper towels to drain. Turn off your flame. Pat the tostones dry and cool briefly. Use a clear bowl or your hand to flatten them into round saucers. Watch through the bowl as you flatten them. These are going to be your fiesta boats so they must be thick and large enough to hold the prawns and for a toothpick to fit through them. So keep that in mind. Don't get upset if they aren't a perfect round shape or if they fall apart. That is why I recommend using three plantains so you have extra surface to work with. As they cool you can reshape them with your hands.

5) Reheat the oil, add the tostones back to the skillet and fry for about 30 seconds on each side. Remove again to paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Set aside.

Party prawns:

1) In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over a low flame.

2) Add the prawns to the skillet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, a pinch of dried oregano and a squeeze of a small slice of lime. Cook until the prawns turn pink.

Party boat topping:

Combine the mayonnaise, tomato ketchup and minced garlic in olive oil in a small bowl. The colour should be light pink. Squeeze a slice of lime juice into the mixture.

Making your party boats:

Smear about 1/2 teaspoon of the topping on each of the tostones and season with salt. Top with one prawn and secure it with a toothpick. Arrange on a colourful platter and serve.

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