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Patacones Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Tanya De Gracia-Reynolds
Added: Sunday, June 10, 2007

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 green plantains (in the same area as bananas in your grocery store, it is a little bigger and has a thicker skin than the banana)

1 cup canola or vegetable oil

salt

Directions:
Directions:
1. Remove the plantain skin. The easiest way to do this is to slice the skin from the top of the plantain to the bottom with a knife and peel the skin off. Remove any remaining skin stuck to the plantain with your knife.

2. Cut the plantain into 1/2 inch disks.
3. Heat 1 cup of oil in a deep frying pan.
4. Once oil is hot, carefully add as many plantain disks as possible so that they all have their space and are not touching in the pan and you can flip them.
5. Turn the plantains over once they are beginning to lightly toast.
6. Remove from the oil when both sides are lightly toasted. Place the fried plantains on paper towels to absorb oil.
7. Flatten toasted plantains with a flat-bottomed drinking glass.
8. Return the flattened plantains to the oil again for a 2nd frying.
9. Remove and place on paper towels when both sides are toasted. This takes very little time so be ready to flip the plantains in the oil after 1/2 minute or so.
10. Sprinkle with salt and they are ready to eat!

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
4
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
30 min.
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is a very common and favorite side dish in Panama.
They eat it for breakfast with an egg over easy.
It also is used as a side dish to accompany fried fish.
It can be an appetizer or snack too.

It is good dipped in ketchup or eaten with slices of "queso fresco". (Queso fresco is a mild white cheese found in the refrigerated Mexican section of the grocery store)

Patacones are found throughout the Caribbean, Central American and South American countries. Each country has a different name for it!

 

 

 

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