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Patacones (Tostones)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Patacones, also called tostones, are green plantains that are flattened before being fried. They are often served with hogao, a creole sauce.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Colombian, Latin American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Mike Benayoun
  • 4 green plantains
  • Oil (for frying)
  • Salt
  1. Peel the plantains and cut each into 1 to 1½-inch (4 cm) sections.

  2. Plunge into a hot frying oil for about 5 minutes, until golden brown.
  3. Remove them with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels.
  4. Flatten each fried portion with a tostonera, wooden utensil used for crushing the segments into a flat circles. You can also flatten each portion of fried plantain between two boards lined with plastic wrap, to obtain ¼-inch (5 mm) thick flat pancakes.

  5. Deep fry the plantain flat sections, in small batches, for about 4 minutes until they turn light golden. Pick them up with a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels.

  6. Add a pinch of salt and serve hot.