Patacones or tostones
Easy recipe for homemade patacones or tostones, a popular Latin American appetizer or side dish made with twice fried slices of green plantains.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 patacones or tostones - each plantain yields about 4-5 patacones
- 2 green plantains use about 1 plantain per person for an appetizer and 1 plantain per 2 people for a side dish – you can get about 4-5 patacones per plantain
- Oil for frying use an oil that won’t burn at high temperatures (peanut oil or avocado oil)
- Salt to taste
- Optional: crushed garlic hot pepper powder, other seasonings if desired
Suggested dipping sauces:
Twice fried method for patacones or tostones:
Peel the plantains, the easiest way to peel a green plantain is to make the lengthwise cut on one of the angles, the cut should be skin deep without touching the actual flesh of the plantain, then use the knife to raise the skin and peel it off.
Cut the plantains into thick slices, you can make straight cuts or slightly diagonal cuts.
Heat the oil over medium high heat in a frying pan – use enough oil to almost cover the plantain slices - or a deep fryer, temperature should be about 350 F, fry the plantains until they start to get yellow, but not golden.
Remove the plantains and place on paper towels to drain the oil.
Use the bottom of a glass (or small bowl or a wood pestle) to smash and flatten the plantains, do this gently to keep the slices from breaking, a few cracks is ok as long as the whole slice remains in one piece. It is best to do this when they are still warm.
Sprinkle the plantain slices with salt and other seasonings (if using the raw garlic rub it on the slices).
Reheat the oil, temperature should be about 375 F and fry the plantains until golden on each side, about 1-2 minutes per side.
Remove from the oil, drain again on paper towels, and add additional seasoning if needed.
Serve warm as a side dish or as an appetizer with dipping sauces.
Boiled and fried method for patacones or tostones:
Peel the green plantains, cut in half and place in pot with sufficient water to cover them.
Bring the water to a boil and boil for about 25-35 minutes or until tender.
Remove from the heat but the leave the plantains in the water.
Cut the plantains in thick slices and gently flatten – as much as possible without cracking - with a wood mortar and pestle or the bottom of a glass.
Sprinkle the flattened plantain slices with salt and seasonings.
Heat the oil in large frying pan over high heat and cook the plantains until golden, about 2 minutes on each side.
Transfer to a paper towel to drain the oil.
Add additional salt and seasonings if needed and serve warm with dipping sauces or as a side dish.