Fried Green Plantain Soup (Patacón Soup)
Today, I present to you the Fried Green Plantain Soup, one of the recipes that brings me happy memories. Since forever, this was the dish I craved and asked my mom nonstop for, even when we lived in one of the hottest cities in southern Colombia. Nothing, not even the heat, stopped me from eating this delicious soup.
The memories mostly come from the preparation stage, the smell of fried plantains that came all the way from the kitchen attracted everyone in the house, and my mother saved some plantains for those who couldn’t resist.
This is my grandmother’s recipe, an expert in Colombian gastronomy and the person who deserves the title of ‘Best Soup, Broth, and Stew Chef’ and everything related. My mother knew to transmit it to her daughters and it is we who must pamper our family with this dish.
Fried green plantain is known as patacón in Colombia, and to those who are not familiar with patacones, they are thick slices of green plantain, fried in hot oil for a short amount of time, are removed from the fire, are flattened/smooshed, and then taken back to the stove. They are then sprinkled with salt and some people add a touch of garlic and lime juice drops. In other countries, they can also be known as tostones.
In the meantime, do you want to try this amazing fried plantain soup?
- 2 green plantains
- 2 chicken pieces
- 2 small portions of meat
- ½ cup peas
- ½ cup carrots cut into cubes
- 5 potatoes into cubes
- 1 corn cut into pieces
- 10 cups water
- Peel the plantains, cut into thick pieces, and fry in hot oil.
- When soft, take out of frying oil and smoosh/flatten using a roller or plate.
- Put back into frying oil and remove when golden color.
- In the meantime, add water and meat into a pot. Let boil and add the peas, carrots, potatoes, and corn. Add salt to taste.
- About 10 minutes before fully cooked, add the patacones to the mix.
- Serve immediately.