Patacon Pisao!

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Typical breakfast, typical accompaniment and typical out of trouble at a crucial moment …

This dish is simple and delicious. It may be accompanied by cheese, sour cream, eggs, meat, basically, anything you want, nothing can go wrong!

Now, preparing the plantains for the first time, seem rather long and complicated. But once you do, I hope you enjoy it.

You will need to get green plantains. Remember, they are different from bananas, you cannot eat them without cook them before. Sometimes in Mexican stores sell them.

Here is step by step:

platanos

Grab a couple of your green plantains, peel them and cut into small pieces.

patacones

Now, in a deep pan, put a little canola or sunflower oil over medium high heat.  The oil should not cover the plantain pieces once put into it. Cook for about 8 minutes and remove from fire. Keep the pan over high heat while you do the next step.

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Now, in a deep bowl, add salted water and mash garlic. Take one by one the plantain pieces and put them in a cutting board. Cover with a clean, transparent bag open in half and crush them with the back of a large flat plate. Pass them through the water with salt and garlic and immediately into the pan with the oil. Be careful, since the oil can release hot sparks when entering contact with water. Do not throw the pieces, if you like, help yourself with tweezers to put them in the pan. Cook each side for a couple minutes, until you see is crispy and golden on both sides.

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Place the plantains on a plate with absorbent paper for a few minutes and serve while hot.

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