Twice-Fried and Mashed Green Plantains (Tostones)

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 12 min
  • Prep: 2 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Vegetable or peanut oil, for frying

2 green plantains, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

Flaked sea salt

Directions

  1. In a heavy pot, add enough oil to fill halfway. Heat until a deep-frying thermometer reads 350 degrees F or the handle of a wooden spoon begins to sizzle immediately when dipped in the oil.
  2. Add the plantains and fry until bright yellow and slightly golden brown, about 4 minutes. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon to a sheet of parchment paper. Make sure all pieces are standing tall on the cut side, then place another sheet over the top. Using a small plate, glass or other flat item smash each piece into a 1/4-inch jagged circle.
  3. Place the plantain discs back in the oil and fry for 4 to 6 more minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and sprinkle with salt.