Double-Fried Plantain Rounds

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

4 green plantains

2 cups vegetable oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Peel plantains and cut into 1-inch thick rounds.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan until hot but not smoking. Drop the plantain rounds into the hot oil 3 or 4 at a time and cook until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  3. Set each fried plantain on a flat side, and using a rolling pin, frying pan, or whatever else you think will work, squash it as flat as you can. It should have a circular shape.
  4. Return the flattened plantain sections to the hot oil 3 or 4 at a time and cook until the entire surface is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the plantains from the oil, drain, and season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve hot or at room temperature.