Queso Fundido Tostones

You guys I have done it! I have managed to make queso fundido portable, but I didn’t just put it in any old receptacle. We are making tostones cups, because that’s how I roll. This is also the perfect appetizer for your New Years shindig. During New Years my husband and I love to watch the ball drop on the TV and we love to just have a bunch of appetizers. To me that is my favorite kind of meal, a meal full of appetizers, I am like a big kid, I know Sophia appreciates our assortment of appetizers for new years eve. I think that is her favorite eating day, not holiday, eating day. As for me well I just love to eat, so I love every holiday. This is a very easy appetizer to put together, but it is something that should be served while hot. But don’t worry about it getting cold, because once you set these babies out they will be gone in a flash! Lets begin.

Here I have two green plantains, these are the ones we use to make tostones. If they are black then they are ripe plantains. Those are sweet and won’t work for this particular recipe.

Peel and cut the plantains fairly thick. Then heat your oil to 375 degrees and fry the plantains for 6 minutes, moving them around every so often. On a paper towel lined plate remove the plantains from the oil.

While the plantains are frying, in a pan add one chorizo link with the casing removed and cook it over medium high heat until it resembles crumbles. I am using spanish chorizo here, because it was all I could find. however I tend to like the mexican chorizo better.

I use a mini cupcake pan to form the plantain cups, put the plantains face up and with the back of a wooden spoon press down the center of the plantains and the mold the plantains toward the edges to form a cup.

Heat your oil back up to 375 degrees and fry for another 4 minutes, moving the cups around until finished frying. Put fried tostones cups on a paper towel lined plate and then sprinkle cups with salt.

While the plantains fry cut the cheese into cubes. I like to use the white cheddar cheese when I use the spanish chorizo since the chorizo is more mild. However with the mexican chorizo I prefer the havarti cheese, because the chorizo is more flavorful.

Put the plantain cups back into the mini muffin tins and stuff each cup with 2 to 3 cubes of cheese and sprinkle the chorizo over top.

Then in a 350 F oven bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Enjoy immediately, these are better eaten while they are hot. Don’t worry though, they will be gone in a flash. Hasta la proxima!

Queso Fundido Tostones

Ingredients

  • 2 green plantains (unripe) peeled and cut into thick circles
  • 6 oz diced havarti cheese or White cheddar
  • 1 chorizo link (casing removed)
  • Canola oil for frying

Directions

  1. Heat canola oil to 375 degrees, peel and chop plantain into thick circles about 6 to 7 circles per plantain.
  2. Add the chopped plantains to the oil and fry for 6 minutes, moving the plantains around every so often so that the are cooked on all sides.
  3. Once the plantains are ready to remove from the oil, place on a paper towel lined plate to drain off excess oil.
  4. While the plantains fry, heat a pan over medium high heat, remove the chorizo from the casing and add to the pan. Cook until the chorizo resembles crumbles, cook for about 5 minutes and then remove from heat.. I found I didn’t need to add oil to my nonstick pan since the chorizo is pretty fatty.
  5. In a mini muffin tin place fried plantains face up, using the top part of the handle of a wooden spoon press down the center of the plantain and then work the spoon around the edges to form a cup.
  6. Once all have been completed, return them back to the hot oil and fry for 4 minutes until golden brown. Then remove from the oil and place plantains on a paper towel lined plate and salt plantains immediately.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Put each fried plantain cup into the muffin pan, then fill each cup with 3 to 4 cheese cubes per cup. On top of the cheese add some of the chorizo crumbles, then place in the oven and bake for 5 minute, or until the cheese is melted.
  8. Enjoy! These are best served fresh out of the oven.


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