In November, Panama held the key dates that commemorate the basis of our history as a free country. 3, 10 and 28 are the most important; Panama’s independence from Colombia, First call of the Village of Los Santos and Panama’s independence from Spain, respectively. But we must add the 4th, which is Flag Day.
In November 28, 1821; 190 years ago, Panama declares its independence from Spain and adheres to New Granada; later known as Gran Colombia, comprising the territories of Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and parts of Brazil, Peru, Guyana, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
So, this year, as usual, the Christmas spirit has to wait for the patriotic spirit, dress in red, blue and white, to make his triumphant exit in late November. Then the lights and colors of Christmas will fill the streets and homes of Panama, giving us another reason to celebrate.
To commemorate this date I bring you a very simple dish from the Panamanian cuisine, but also very tasty: Tajadas (slices). Made with ripe plantains, fried in hot oil and seasoned with salt.
The truth is that there are no secret or special recipe for this dish. Just remember that the plantain has to be at its point of ripening, because if it is too green, you have to do patacones and if they are overripe, then bananas into temptation is the recipe for you…