Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Patacones (Fried Green Plantains)


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cooking #appetizer


Remember a couple weeks ago when I shared my tips on how to pick and prep plantains?  This week, I have a savory recipe for you!  Although I am referencing the Colombian recipe of patacones, there are similar dishes in other Latin American countries.  In fact, when I searched for one of tools traditionally used to make this dish, I found it online as a tostonera, named after the tostones dish from Puerto Rico.

In either case, patacones utilize the savory green plantain and are double-fried in a flat pancake shape.  They are crispy, salty, and often topped with a fresh salsa.  They are usually  served as appetizers or side dishes, but either way, they are devoured super fast.  Yum!


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cooking #appetizer


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains)
Adapted from here




Ingredients
  • Cooking Oil
  • Green plantain, cut in four sections (as shown above)
  • Salt
  • Salsa, to serve


Directions

1.  In a pan, add enough vegetable oil to cover the plantain slices, about 1 ½ inches.

2.  Turn to medium-high heat.

3.  Add the plantain slices to the heated oil in a single layer.

4.  Fry for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, until light golden brown.


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cooking #appetizer


5.  Let cool for 3 minutes on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cooking #appetizer


6.  If you have a tostonera, use it!  If not, sandwich the plantains between two pieces of plastic wrap.

7.  Flatten the plantains with a cutting board by pushing straight down, to ¼ inch thickness.


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cooking #appetizer


Note:  Some of the patacones will end up looking pretty (like those on the left), but some are a little eh (like those on the right).  Just keep practicing, and you will get the hang of it!


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cooking #appetizer


8.  Return the to a pan in a single layer and fry for an additional 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cooking #appetizer


9.  Let cool for 3 minutes on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.

10.  Sprinkle with salt, while still warm.


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cooking #appetizer


11.  Serve hot with your topping of choice: salsa, guacamole, or tomato sauce.


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cooking #appetizer


Note: If you use ripe plantains for this process, you will end up with a mushy mess like below.  Remember to use green plantains and use these tips!


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cooking #appetizer


And that's it!  I hope you enjoy these delicious appetizers.  Of course, they are also the perfect side dish for grilled meats, so I these will be a favorite for all the upcoming spring and summer barbecues!

¡Buen provecho!


Patacones (Fried Green Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cooking #appetizer


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15 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness these look so delicious!

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  2. I need to try this recipe, looks so yummy!!! Glad to have you in my reading list! Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog - Valeria Arizzi

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  3. I love plantains! I used to only like the sweet ones. Just recently I started liking the salty ones (tostones). Thanks for sharing recipe.

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  4. These look so good! I've never heard of them but I love how simple they look and I bet the taste doesn't disappoint!

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  5. Oh Yum! Plantains are so tasty. It always seemed so complicated to cook them at home. Thanks for breaking it down for us.

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  6. Those look delicious! I love plantains but they do seem to be an acquired taste!

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  7. Of course! It's definitely easier than you think to have these yummy treats. :)

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  8. I like the look of that cling wrap trick! My husband always smashes them with a cooking pot, which tends to leave a dirty-bottommed pot! I've never heard these called patacones, which just furthers my theory that two people can speak Spanish and be mutually unintelligible! We eat these all the time, but call them tostones.

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  9. I've been doing this wrong for years! This makes so much more sense. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely be doing these the right way from now on!
    -Anna

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  10. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I haven't had plaintains in years and have never tried making them. These sound great!

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  11. Awesome! Glad to be of help. :)

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  12. I love fried Plantains, yum! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.

    Come Back Soon!

    Miz Helen

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  13. This sounds SO delicious...I need to try this!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  14. I've yet to eat plantains and this is on our "to try" list of foods to make. Will give this a try.

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