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Crab Salad with Avocado and Tostones


Don't have a mallet to flatten the tostones? Just use a saucer, a spatula, or the flat bottom surface of a measuring cup.

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  • Yield: Makes 36

Photography: chris court

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2012


  • Safflower oil, for frying
  • 3 green plantains, peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 avocado, cut into 1/4-inch dice (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 radishes, trimmed and cut into matchsticks, for garnish


  1. Fill a large, heavy-bottomed pot with 2 inches oil, and heat over high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reaches 350 degrees. Working in 3 batches, fry plantains until golden, about 4 minutes, and transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon (return oil to 350 degrees between batches). Flatten plantains with a mallet until very thin. Return oil to 350 degrees. In batches, refry plantains until golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer tostones (the plantain chips) to a paper-towel-lined plate, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  2. Gently combine crabmeat, mayonnaise, avocado, lime juice, chives, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Divide evenly among tostones, and garnish with radishes. Crab salad can be refrigerated, surface covered with plastic wrap, up to 8 hours. Tostones can be stored at room temperature, uncovered, up to 2 hours.

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