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Patacones or Tostones (Fried Green Plantains)

These fried green plantains known as Patacones or Tostones depending on where you are in the world, are one of our favorite appetizers or snacks!  They are twice-fried and sprinkled with salty for a crunchy, delicious bite that can be dipped in guacamole or sauce, or topped with shredded meat!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Amy Nash

Ingredients

  • 3 green plantains
  • 1-2 cups vegetable oil
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • You need just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan by about ½-inch.  Heat it to 325 degrees F.  
  • Cut off the ends and score down the ridges of each plantain, then pry the skin off using your fingers or a spoon.
  • You can slice on a diagonal or straight across.  Then fry on each cut side for 3 to 5 minutes until the plantains turn golden yellow and soften slightly.  Transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towel.
  • You can use the back of a wooden spoon, a flat-bottomed measuring cup, or a glass to press each plantain, smashing it into a disc between ¼-inch and ½-inch thick.  Increase the heat of the oil slightly to 350 degrees F, then fry each smashed plantain again until crispy and lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes total, flipping partway through.  Remove from the oil and transfer to a plate to keep warm.
  • You can keep cooked tostones warm in an oven set to a low temperature of between 200 and 250 degrees F.  

Nutrition

Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 670mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1513IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg