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Patacones: Fried Green Plantains

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Ingredients:



  • Green plantains

  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil

  • Salt



Find green, firm, fresh plantains. If the plantains are large, you
will get about 5 patacones from each plantain, enough for one hungry person.


Wash them and pat
them dry with paper towels.


*This is probably the most important step. If you use yellowish plantains the patacones won't be crunchy.
Some plantains are really curved, that will only make the peeling of the skin
more difficult, so try to get them as straight as possible.


With a sharp knife take the end tips off the plantains, and then cut it in
half. Make a lengthwise cut of the green skin, make sure it is only deep enough
to cut the skin. Then, with the help of the knife loosen the skin in one side
and pull with your hand in order to take it all off. Remove any remaining skin
with the knife.


Once you have peeled the plantains, cut them in 1 inch pieces.


Heat
oil in large heavy saucepan.


Add plantains, in batches; fry 2 minutes.


Remove
them from the hot oil and smash each plantain with the bottom of heavy pan or
with a rolling pin.


Return plantain slices to the hot oil; fry an additional 1
to 2 minutes or until golden brown.


Drain on paper towels.


Add
salt to taste and serve


*Portions: 1 large green plantain (5
patacones) = 1 person

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