Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tostones/ Patacones ( Fried Green Plantain )

Patacones or Tostones are flattened discs of green plantain, deep fried, pressed and re-fried again.The wooden presser used to make patacones or tostones is called Tostonera.

Patacones are best right out of the fryer and are relatively easy to prepare. They are widely served in Panama and throughout the neighboring country in Latin America, where they maybe known as patacones, tostones, or tachinos. This is best serve as appetizer accompanied with a good dipping sauce or salsa, other people enjoy this for breakfast, with eggs and side of beans. This is like the french fries for most people in Latin America.


  • 3 green plantain
  • 1 cup oil (corn oil)
  • 2 teaspoon of kosher salt

Cooking Instructions:

  • Peel the plantains and cut them into 1.5 inch rounds.

  • Heat the oil to medium temperature,test it with the handle of a wooden spoon.When the oil starts bubbling, it is ready.

  • Deep fry the pieces of plantain, cook until brown, about 2 minutes each side.

  • Carefully remove plantain rounds from the hot oil. Drain excess oil on a paper towel.

  • While the plantain slices are still warn, place them one at a time between two sheets of wax paper and flatten using heavy object or you can use the Tostonera press.

  • Return flatten slices to the hot oil and continue to fry until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels and season right away with kosher salt.
  • Serve immediately with salsa of your choice. Enjoy !

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