Plantains are a member of the banana family and look like large bananas. They are hard and starchy when green, and are used much like a potato. They turn yellow, and then black, as they ripen. This is a yummy way to fix them! Prep time includes soaking time.
- Peel plantain, and diagonally cut into 1/8 inch slices.
- Combine the water and salt in a large bowl, stirring until salt disolves; add plantain slices.
- Cover and let stand 30 minutes.
- Drain plantain slices well, and pat dry.
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large skillet; add plantain slices and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until tender, but not brown.
- Drain well on paper towels.
- Mash each plantain slice with the bottom of a glass cup.
- Pour oil to depth of 2-inches; heat till good and hot.
- Fry plantains, a few at a time, until golden brown; drain on paper towels.
- Serve plantain chips with Plantain Dip.
- Plantain Dip: Combine all ingredients in a jar; cover tightly, and shake vigorously.
- Chill at least 2 hours.
- Shake just before serving.
- Yield: 1/2 cup.