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A Guide to Making the Perfect Patacones: Tips for Crispy and Delicious Latin American Snacks


Welcome to the delightful world of Panamanian cuisine! Patacones al agua, or “fried plantains with water” is a traditional Caribbean dish that has been enjoyed in Panama for generations. This simple, yet delicious recipe is easy to make and requires minimal ingredients. If you are looking for an authentic experience when it comes to Panamanian food, then patacones al agua should definitely be on your list of must-tries!

What Are Patacones?

Patacones (also known as “tostones” or platano frito) are slices of green plantain that have been deep-fried until golden brown and crispy. They can be eaten alone or used as a side dish with various other dishes such as soups, stews, and salads. In Panama, they are often served with a variety of sauces such as garlic sauce (aji), ketchup, or mayo, sometimes filled with shrimp or ceviche. 

How To Make Patacones Al Agua De Panama: Step by Step Guide

  1. Start off by peeling two large green plantains and slicing them into 1/2-inch thick rounds using a sharp knife.
  2. Heat up some vegetable oil on medium heat in a large skillet over the stovetop until hot enough for frying (you can also use palm oil if desired).
  3. Carefully add the sliced plantains one at a time into the hot oil being sure not to overcrowd the pan so that each slice cooks evenly without sticking together; fry on both sides until golden brown before removing from heat and draining excess oil onto paper towels placed nearby…
  4. Once all of the plantains are fried, use a flat object, you can use a kitchen mallet, to flatten each slice into a thin disk.
  5. Heat up some oil on medium-high heat again in the same skillet used for frying earlier.
  6. Carefully add each flattened plantain disk back into the hot oil one at a time and fry until crispy and golden brown (this should only take about 1-2 minutes per side).
  7. Remove from heat once done, drain excess oil onto paper towels nearby, and sprinkle with additional salt if desired before serving hot!

Tips For Making Perfect Patacones Al Agua:

  • Use green (unripe) plantains for best results.
  • Make sure to cut your slices evenly so they cook uniformly.
  • Don’t overcrowd your pan when frying; this will ensure that each piece cooks properly without sticking together.
  • Be careful not to over-soak your flattened disks in water as this may cause them to become too mushy when fried.
  • Sprinkle extra salt on top of your patacones al agua right after frying while still hot for maximum flavor!

In conclusion, patacones al agua is an easy-to-make yet delicious dish that you must try if you want an authentic Panamanian food experience! Whether eaten alone or served as part of another recipe, these crispy golden-brown delights are sure to impress anyone who tries them! amazing results ahead

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