At last… I’ve been wanting to make patacones (fried green plantains – my favorite “junk food”) all summer! I followed Laylita’s instructions for the boiled and fried method almost exactly, and it turned out well (thanks yet again Laylita!). Well, besides the squashing part. Maybe they weren’t quite tender enough, even though I cooked them for closer to 30 minutes, and maybe greasing the bottom of the cup a bit would help too so they wouldn’t stick to it. In the meantime, I just sliced them into thinner slices for the same delicious taste!

I also made mote pillo again with my mother, this time with oregano since we didn’t have any cilantro, it wasn’t quite as good without cilantro but still tasty! Her green salad with cucumber, tomato, and a can of marinated beans was delicious as well. Perfect for filling three bellies!


1-2 plantains, peeled and halved (slice lengthwise to start)

2+ tbsp. oil

Sprinkle of salt

Place plantains in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil away for 25-35 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat but let sit in water for a few more minutes, then slice into thick slices and smash them down slightly with the bottom of a cup, or slice them thin. Fry in oil for a couple minutes on each side, until a crispy light yellow. Remove from heat, transfer to a plate covered in a paper towel, sprinkle with salt and serve immediately… though another great thing about these is they’re still good after they cool!

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