Lunches — By Ben on 30 January 2009
Patacones (Tostones) Supremos

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I can’t express with words how much I enjoy reading other food blogs everyday. I love to learn new things and visiting my friends’ blogs is definitely one great way to learn about different foods and cultures. A few weeks ago my friend Capricornio of Cocina costaricense (Costa Rican cuisine) blogged about a dish I’ve been dying to try for awhile, patacones.

Patacones are also known as tostones in the Caribbean. I have seen some recipes on the blogosphere to prepare them, but what caught my attention from Capricornio’s recipe was the “supreme” element of these patacones. He writes that patacones are typical in the region. The way to prepare them is simple. First you peel and cut diagonal slices of about 1 1/2″ of green plantains. The slices are fried in vegetable oil and when they are tender they are flattened and fried one more time until crispy. The supreme part comes when you top each patacon with refried beans, chicken, mushrooms and cheese. They are then baked for a little while to melt the cheese on top.

I didn’t follow his recipe exactly. I sauteed the plantain slices until tender, flattened them, sprinkled some garlic salt and topped them with refried beans, turkey sausage and mozzarella cheese and baked them for about 15 minutes at 350°F. I served them with guacamole for lunch yesterday, but they are perfect as party snacks, side dishes or even breakfast. They kinda look like sopes, but made with plantains instead of corn masa. This is definitely something I will experiment with again. Any ideas for toppings?

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¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(19) Readers Comments

  1. These look ridiculously good!

  2. Wow, Ben that looks awesome. I have never had tostones like this before, topped with all that goodness! YUM!

  3. Oh man, I’d have to put some shredded carnitas on top!

  4. Ben these look really good and excellent game day food. I grew up eating a ton of plantains, but in different ways…sound delicious!

  5. I’d go for a lighter topping…like a ceviche or chopped up camerones enchilados.

  6. The ingredients are new to me but they sound good

  7. I’ve never had patacones before. The combination of flavours sounds awesome! I might add a bit of chili for a bit of kick.

  8. My god, these look amazing!!! I love plantains and didn’t even know you can flatten them and make them crispy. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a flavor combination like the patacones, but I’m more than willing to give it a try. Probably minus the refried beans…hehe. I love reading food blogger friends’ sites because I learn so much! :)

  9. I enjoy visiting your blog also. This looks yummy.

  10. This is the first that I have heard of these but they sound really good!

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