Arañitas are a variation of the tostones recipe. In Spanish, arañitas means little spiders and the recipe gets its name from the shredded plantain, which looks like spider legs when fried. Yeah, I know that doesn't sound appetizing, but these little fried plantains are delish. Serve arañitas instead of bread or as a side to your chicken and rice dish.
INGREDIENTS (makes about 12 arañitas)
- 1 large green plantain
- 1 large garlic clove (minced)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Olive or vegetable oil for frying
- Peel the plantain and shred with a coarse grater.
- Place the grated plantain in salted water and let soak for about 10 minutes.
- Drain the grated plantain and dry with paper towels to soak up excess water.
- Mix the grated plantain with the garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
- Fry the shredded mix by the spoonful in clumps until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
- Drain on paper towels, lightly salt while still hot and serve immediately.