Back off Mr. Potato
In case South America hasn’t been on your travel radar yet odds are high that you don’t know what a “Patacon” is. These super yummy golden crispy chips are made of green plantains, also called “cooking bananas” which are a major staple in Central America, the Caribbean Islands, West and Central Africa and the northern, coastal parts of South America.
Not just a green banana
Please don’t confuse the cooking bananas with regular bananas which are green and unripe. They are not the same. Green plantains are usually larger and bigger and much starchier. Their peel is thicker and harder and you’re better off with my technique described below in order to peel them without sacrificing your finger nails 🙂 Larger, bigger, thicker, harder… in case your naughty mind got distracted, we’re still talking about bananas here!!
A serious replacement for french fries
I know, this might not be the most healthy side dish, because these patacones really have to be fried in a good amount of oil, so they get crispy and golden brown. But hey, they’re still vegan, no saturated fat, no colesterol, no antibiotics, no hormones, so if you don’t eat a kilo of them every day it is absolutely fine.
Why are there turtles in the photo?
I have this cute little turtle family as a decoration in my bedroom. I bought one of them on every trip I made to the Galapagos Islands. I went there a whopping 5 times. I made my Divemaster training there and went back for boat trips and shorter working periods. It’s also there, where I learned to make patacones. And it’s also there, where I’ve eaten a ton of them, haha! I have a lot of memories of these Islands, it’s a magical place and I hope they will keep protecting them. Both land and marine life are spectacular and a must see if you love nature or diving.
Back to the Patacones
These crispy plantain chips are very easy to make, just follow the steps below. You can serve them like traditionally in South America with ceviche. Or also with a veggie burger, or basically with anything you would make fries for. They are also super yummy as a snack.
Eat them the same day
I would recommend to eat them the same day. As the green plantains are much starchier, they’re not so good anymore the next day. But honestly I’m not worried at all that you will have left-overs… they are so crispy, crunchy, yum & highly addictive!
Give it a try! You won’t regret and you can surprise your family with something new!
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