Baked Tostones With Guasacaca Sauce Recipe: easy plantains are crispy baked and served with a Venezuelan avocado dip that’s perfect as a dinner side dish.
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Baked Tostones With Guasacaca Sauce
Well hello there! Did the picture get your attention? Well it should, these delicious baked tostones are super crispy and full of flavor. They are accompanied with an amazing Guasacaca Sauce – The sauce is made out of avocados, tomatoes and other great ingredients that are perfect to serve either as a side dish or to a cookout with friends and family.
The name Guasacaca sounds funny doesn’t it? Definitely a tongue twister. As it turns out, he’s a distant relative of the famous Mexican Guacamole. It has a slight different flavor and texture. I grew up in Venezuela, and there wasn’t a BBQ or a cookout where Guasacaca sauce wasn’t served. It was either used as a dip or a sauce for beef, chorizo, chicken and fish. I love it’s complex flavor and creaminess. It reminds me of home.
Tostones are just smashed slices of green plantains. When plantains are green, it just means that they are unripe and are perfect for frying up. In this case, I am going to show you how easy it is to make them in the oven and you will get the same flavor and texture. Usually tostones are fried 2 times before serving. But now, instead of standing bored in front of a stove you will only need to bake them twice. The oven does all the work. All you have to do is bring your appetite. I think you can manage that. Don’t you agree?
And now here comes the interesting part of this post. Both dishes are made with soybean oil. One of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen. And guess what? A lot of you already have it inside your cupboard. Soybean oil accounts for approximately 55% of vegetable oil used in homes. Check the label of your vegetable oil and you will see that is made with soybean oil. Here’s mine:
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- Contains 0g trans fats per serving
- Serves as a principal source of omega‐3s which can help reduce blood pressure and prevent heart disease
- Great source of vitamin E which prevents cell damage that may lead to diseases such as cancer and heart disease
- Contains unsaturated fats and when it replaces saturated fats, it may lower cholesterol levels
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I love to cook with it because it has a mild flavor that won’t overpower your food. I’ve even used it in cakes and cookies! You couldn’t do that with any other kind of oil. In latin cuisine, vegetable oil is very popular! I use it for my tostones, guasacaca sauce, empanadas, etc.
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Now that you snapped the pic, I am going to show you how to bake your tostones:
I bake them first, then I coat them in a bit of garlic flavored oil and then I smash them with a knife. It goes back into the oven for 15 to 20 more minutes while you prepare your yummy Guasacaca sauce.
I hope you can try these delicious Baked Tostones With Guasacaca Sauce at home. If you do, please upload a pic on Instagram and tag me @Livingsweetmoments or use the hashtag #LivingSweet.
- For Tostones
- 4 Green Plantains
- 3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil soybean oil
- 1 Clove of garlic minced
- Salt + Pepper
- For Guasacaca
- 2 Haas Avocados ripe
- 1 in Tomato chopped small pieces
- 1 Tablespoon of onion minced
- 1/2 Teaspoon of garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons of Cilantro chopped
- 1 Tablespoon of Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil soybean oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit
Make 1-2 vertical slits on the plantain to peel it easily
Slice it into 1 inch chunks
Place the chunks into a sheet pan coated with cooking spray
Bake for 10 minutes
Meanwhile mix the oil, garlic, salt and pepper into a bowl
Remove the plantains from the oven and dip them into the oil. Remove excess oil from each piece and place them back into the sheet pan
Using a knife, "smash" the plantains until they are completely flat and adopt the shape of a toston
Bake for 10 minutes. Brush them with the oil mixture, turn them over and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden and cooked all the way through
Remove from oven and sprinkle salt all over the top
Place all of the ingredients in the blender and mix until combined. If needed add some more vinegar and oil
Check for seasoning