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Patacones and Chifles (plantains cut fat and thin)

June  7, 2012
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  • Makes a bunch
Author Notes

I was shown how to make chifles and patacones by the lady who helped in our house with Bosco when he was little. ┬áMaria has a magic touch with these, despite not being remotely interested in cooking, and we ask her to make them for us when a sufficiently special occasion arises. —Highbohemian

What You'll Need
  • for the chifles
  • 5 large plantains, which are quite green,
  • 3 cups of olive oil for frying
  • 3 cups cups of corn oil
  • salt
  • for the patacones
  • 5 large plantains, which are pretty ripe and therefore both green and yellow
  • 3 cups of olive oil for frying
  • 3 cups cups of corn oil
  • salt
  1. for the chifles
  2. Peel the plantains and cut them into very slender disks about 3 mm thick
  3. Heat the oil in a medium sized frying pan till hot but not smoking. Put the plantain disks into the oil and fry them till they are golden all over and crispy
  4. Remove them from the oil and drain on kitchen paper, sprinkle with salt
  5. Ideas for serving: These are also great served with salsa or guacamole instead of corn chips, they are also great instead of french fries, but best of all they are a wonderful accompaniment to stew like soups, such as a spicy minestrone or the octopus with rice dish or the squid and bean dish, and I have also served them with rabbit stew and polenta, which was a wonderful combination because of the texture contrasts.
  1. for the patacones
  2. First peel them and cut them into rounds about 3 cm thick, heat the oils in a medium sized frying pan (24/26cm) till it is good and hot but not smoking.
  3. Put the plantain rounds into the oil three at a time and cook till they are starting to turn golden and they are soft.
  4. Return them to the oil and continue to fry them until they are completely golden brown. Take them out of the oil and let them drain on kitchen paper.
  5. Serving suggestions: When they are ready you should have enough with this for 8 people and can serve them as an accompaniment to sepia and bean stew, or with rice and black beans, with salad, with fish or steak instead of french fries or just on their own, with a salsa made from chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, olive oil, chilies and salt and pepper.

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