|Plantains - unripened bananas|
This ridiculously simple recipe was introduced to me by some friends in Colombia. Being a 20 something male I was keen to see what could be made with nothing more than the common green banana, excessive amounts of salt and a frying filled to the brim with oil.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Ingredients: Plantains (green bananas)
Oil for frying
Toppings of your choice
|Inch long pieces of plantain fried until golden brown. Approx. 8-10 minutes.|
After dicing the plantains either length-ways or in rounds the pieces where then they are fried until golden brown. Once drained they get crushed wafer thin between slices of baking paper using a tostonera. My personal tostonera comes in the form of a saucepan. Needless to say its a great form of stress relief.
The flattened plantain discs can be refrigerated for up to 2 days before being re-fried. Rub generously with salt and fry the flattened discs for some minutes until crunchy. Salt again before serving.
Ideally served as a snack with guacamole, hummus, baba ghannouj or any dip of your liking. Also great alongside lentils, cerviche or plain old steak and chips.
|Patacones served with haloumi cheese, ham and salad.|