Patacones (fried Plantain)

Recipe by SlipC
READY IN: 25mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 4
    green plantains (do not use yellow, or yellowish green. It vastly changes the taste)
  • vegetable oil
Advertisement

DIRECTIONS

  • Peel Plantain, and cut it width wise into 3 or 4 pieces.
  • I have found that the easiest way to peel the plantain is to cut roughly 1/4" off of each end of the plantain (the very tips), and then carefully, without cutting into the plantain itself, slicing the skin down one side.
  • Once you have slit the skin on one side, you can gently pry the peel off with your fingers.
  • Heat 1" of vegetable oil on medium heat until hot.
  • Fry plantain pieces on both sides for about 3 minutes, or until the pieces are golden.
  • When they are golden, remove from pan and place onto a plate covered with a paper towel.
  • Flatten the fried plantain.
  • I do this by placing the pieces one at a time between 2 pieces of waxed paper, and flattening with my hands.
  • Be careful not to put too much pressure, or the plantain will stick to the waxed paper.
  • Just gently flatten them till they are about 1/4" thick.
  • Place in the hot oil again and fry until both sides are golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towel covered plate (be sure to change paper towels in between the 2 fryings) and sprinkle with salt.
  • Serve immediately.
  • For an extra special treat, eat the patacones with a thin slice of queso blanco (salty white cheese) on top.
Advertisement