Patacones Ticos (Costa Rican Fried Plantains)
These are a delicious snack I enjoyed while spending a semester in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. One of my profesores there taught me to make these. They go really well with frijoles molidos (refried beans, basically). Plantains can be purchased at most rocery store in the produce section...they look like bananas, but DO NOT try to eat them like bananas - they are NOT the same thing! Get the nice and green ones for this purpose.
SERVES 4 -6
- 2 green plantains
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 pinch salt, to taste
Peel plantains completely.
Slice Plantains into 1/2 inch rounds.
Heat oil in sauce pan until almost boiling.
CAREFULLY place a handful of plantain rounds into hot oil, leaving them in until light brown, about 2 minutes.
CAREFULLY remove plantain rounds from hot oil with slotted spoon (preferably metal) and place on a cutting board covered in parchment paper.
Plantain pieces should be on only half of the parchment paper. Fold second half of parchment paper over them, and with a second board or other hard, flat surface press firmly on the paper-covered plantain rounds.
The rounds should now be smushed-looking, yet still intact.
*This can also be done using a metal tortilla press, if available. What I use is like a tortilla press, but is specifically designed for patacones, and I bought it at a supermarket in Costa Rica.
With slotted spoon, replace pieces of plantain in the oil until golden brown.
Remove pieces with slotted spoon and place on paper towel. Pieces should be slightly crispy.
Repeat with another handful of rounds, until all have been cooked.
Sprinkle with salt, to taste.
Dip in warm refried beans, or also good with ceviche.