Patacones Ticos (Costa Rican Fried Plantains)

Recipe by godsjoyfulkid
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READY IN: 22mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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.
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