Fried Plantains


2 green plantains

oil for frying

coarse sea salt



Heat the oil for frying (for us, this entails plugging in the Fry Daddy).  Peel the plantains.  It’s not as easy as a banana; you may need a knife, but the idea is the same and your end result will look pretty similar.

Cut the plantains into 1/2 inch rounds.  Fry the rounds for approximately 7-8 minutes, or until golden brown.  Once the golden brown color is achieved, remove from oil to a plate with a paper towel on top.

Now comes the fun part: the plantain smushing!  There’s an official product used in Cuba to smush the plantains to a perfect thickness, but we don’t have a plantain smusher, so we used a glass instead:

You can see in that picture that there’s an about-to-be-smushed plantain in the foreground with some previously-smushed plantains behind it.  You don’t want it to be too thin, maybe a little less than half of its current width; approximately 1/4 inch thick.

Once the oil has had a chance to regain its heat, fry the smushed plantains again for about 3-4 minutes.  Remove from the heat, season with the sea salt, and serve hot. Enjoy!





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