Twice fried green plantain – Patacones – Tostones
Tostones, also known as patacones in Panama are very easy to make. It is made by twice frying green plantains.
First get the fresh green plantains. Cut both of the ends off. Then take a knife and slice longitudinally through the thick skin. Pry and peel.
Cut each plantain into about 3/4 inch sections.
Heat oil in a fryer. Add the plantain cuts into the hot oil. Fry for about two minutes and remove. When cooled some but still warm use a jar or a masher to smash down each cut. It will form a circular green plantain flattened patty.
Fry each of the patties for a about two minutes or until a golden crisp. Remove from hot oil and then salt.
Wikipedia: Tostones (Spanish pronunciation: [tosˈtones], from the Spanish verb tostar which means “to toast“), also known as patacones (pronounced: [pataˈkones]), platanos verdes fritos (Dominican Republic), chatinos (Cuba) and bananes pesée (Haiti) are fried plantain slices, and are a popular side dish in many Latin Americancountries. They are known as patacón in Colombian cuisine, Panamanian cuisine,Peruvian cuisine, Venezuelan cuisine and Ecuadorian cuisine. In Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and in most of Venezuela, they are known by the name tostones.