Patacon (or: what to do with plantains) March 9, 2012 By Belinda FiremanFiled Under: Blog, Cooking Tagged With: colombia, food, fried food, fried plantains, frying, guacamole, patacon, plantain, plantains, refried beans, rice, yogurtMy wonderful Colombian friend, Monica, taught me how to make patacon! They are delicious and fun to make. Start with about 3 green plantains, no black spots. Cut off ends, score, then peel. Slice. Fry in canola oil until the bottom forms a bit of a hard "shell" that resists piercing with a fork. Flip the pieces. Cook for another few minutes until both sides are lightly browned. Place on a flat surface. Put a flat topped glass or cup on top... get ready... The fun part: SMOOSH! Let your kids do it. Smooshed! Back in the frypan for a few more minutes, depending on how crispy/crunchy you like them. Test a few to see! Voila! Drain on paper towel. Patacon are crispy/crunchy on the outside, and meaty on the inside. Suggested serving: Patacon with homemade refried beans, brown rice, grated cheddar cheese, guacomole, and yogurt. So good. Put any or all toppings on the patacon. Enjoy!