Appetizer · Side Dish · Vegetarian

Patacones (Fried Green Plantains)


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I have been asked to come up with recipes using lesser known vegetables, I think this one is actually a fruit, but since we are not using ripe plantains and these aren’t sweet, let’s ignore the basics of botany.

Also called “TOSTONES”, these are a popular dish in many Latin American countries.

Ingredients:

Green plantains
Olive oil or coconut oil
Salt

Preparation:

  • Peel plantains the easiest way to peel them is to cut the ends and cut a slit lengthwise on the peel and separate peel from flesh
  • Cut into 1 inch thick round slices
  • Heat about 1/2-inch of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add  the plantain slices to the hot oil and fry, turning frequently, until all sides are slighty golden brown
  • Using a tortilla press , rolling-pin, or the bottom of a heavy drinking glass flatten the slices
  • Fry slices again on both sides until slightly crispy and well browned
  • Drain on paper towels and serve with chimichurri or your favorite dipping sauce

 

For those that do not know what a plantain is, it actually looks like a big banana with a much thicker skin

 

 

11 thoughts on “Patacones (Fried Green Plantains)

  1. Yay! Love patacones!! Just bought some plantains to make these paleo plantain-cakes, but these looks so much better!!! Thank you!!

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  2. My grandmother and mother made these plantains all the time. They used a grocery store paper bag to flatten them, which works great. That’s also what I use when I make them. Just put one on the outside of the bag, fold the bag over it, and smash the banana with your palm.

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  3. Not paleo friendly but in venezuela this are eaten either with grated cheese or ketchup, mayo and grated cheese, alone they are great with fish

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