by Mike Sula
Today's $25 and Under column in the New York Times focuses on a Venezuelan fried green plantain sandwich that looks and sounds suspiciously like the jibaro, which as most everyone knows was kinda, sorta, maybe invented here in 1993 by Juan C. Figueroa, the owner of Humboldt Park's Borinquen Restaurant. According to reporter Dave Cook the patacón Maracucho hails from Maracaibo.
Monica Eng's 2003 piece on Figueroa says he read about a recipe for a "plantain sandwich" in a Puerto Rican newspaper, but Eng could only locate one place on the island that served anything remotely like it.
But since the messy, garlicky sandwich has certainly spread beyond the midwest since its invention, I have to I wonder if the patacón Maracucho is actually a interpretation rather than a forerunner. Any Venezuelans out there have any premillennial experience with the patacón Maracucho?
Photo by Gary Wiviott