Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How to Eat Green Plantain...

How beautiful a bunch of growing plantains look on the tree

and here, the photo below, shows the parts of the plantain stalk

green plantain should be cooked for eating

while my favorite way of eating a green plantain is to dice it into a pot of soup...
my husband's favorite way is a fried snack called patacones or tostones
it's a great chip for dipping into homemade salsa or plain yogurt

the only ingredients I use for making patacones is...
one plantain for every two people
a frying pan with about 1/2 inch deep coconut oil
a sprinkle of sea salt on the cutting board

while the oil heats up in the pan at medium high...
the tips of the plantain are cut off...
and the skin scored from top to bottom down to the fruit but, not into the fruit
this helps ease the skin peeling

with the thumb, the skin is pulled away from the fruit and all the way down...
peeling it all the way around the fruit, then the peel discarded or given to the goats

the plantain is cut into 3/4 inch slices

the slices are slipped into the hot oil to fry one minute on the first side...
and about 30 to 45 seconds on the second side
they should not become brown or crispy at this point

the half fried slices are taken out and put down on the sprinkled sea salt...
and are left to cool (about 2 to 3 minutes) just until they can be handled but, no longer
if they cool too much, they will not smash properly

using anything that has a flat bottom surface...
gently mash down one plantain at a time into the salt on both sides...
but, not too hard
the chips should only be flattened to half it's original size

like so...
then, transfer them back to the heated oil and fry on both sides till a golden color

put them on a paper towel to drain the oil
patacones should be crispy on the outside...
and are best eaten immediately afterwards

Thou wilt show me the paths of life:
in Thy presence is fullness of joy;
at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11

May your day or night find pleasure in the grace of God.


  1. (That's the secret, smooshing them....)

    1. Yep, Mark, you're right. It's the smoosh.

  2. I love fried plantains, and yucca fries too. I've not tried making them at home though. Usually have them when we've been to a Cuban restaurant.

    Thanks for showing how you make these. This might be a dumb question, but are plantains different than bananas? :-)

    Have a wonderful day ~ FlowerLady

    1. FlowerLady, plantains are larger, denser, starchier, and better cooked before eating.

  3. The last photograph took my breath away! The color of the plant is incredible! A Cuban girl who lives in this area, taught us how to cook these, and I really like them! I've missed stopping by, just been too busy lately.

    1. Too busy in a good way...projects here in the yard and our home. :)

  4. Great to see how you make the plantains! I may have to give it a go...if I can find any 'round here!.
    That last photo is beautiful!
    Hope your day is grand!

    1. Keri, good to "see" you, again. Hope you can find some plantains. They are fun to eat this way.

  5. We're slightly too far north to pull off plantains but I'm trying anyway. We've cooked our green bananas, which are close, along with plantains we buy from the store.

    And yeah - the secret is in the "smoosh."

    1. David, I'd be tempted to put a greenhouse up just to have plantains. If you succeed in growing some, let us know?

    2. Sure thing. I have a plan... it's the execution that will take some doing!

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    1. They are great, Michelle. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Hello Jean, I just finished reading your last few post. We did get ourselves a tropical vacation. You did pop into my mind :)
    I did use one of your photos of your rooster on a post about animals having fun. I send a blessing to you and thanks for your sweet and kind words and knowledge of living on the land.
    Warmly, Roxy

    1. Thanks, Roxy, for coming by and commenting. My photos are free to anyone. Hope your tropical vacation was great!

  8. Yum! I'm going to try these, definitely. I'm also intrigued by the idea of plantains in soup--that sounds so good. I'm going to look for a recipe.

    This was a really fun post. It must be so cool to be able to grow your own plantains!

    1. Leslie, green plantains are good in veggie soups. Thanks for stopping by, again.