Plantains are a member of the banana family, but catch them a little before they are ripe and they become a kid pleasing savory snack similar to French Fries. My 8 year old loved these, so we were pleasantly surprised when she gobbled them up. My daughter likes these sans sauce, but my Husband and I love them with Delicious Salsa Verde This recipe is from Family Fun Magazine. Don't let all the steps scare you, they are very easy to make!
- Cut off the ends of the plantain, then use a small knife to cut a slit along their natural ridges.
- Pry the skin loose, using a knife if necessary, and then pull it off.
- Cut the plantains crosswise into 1" rounds.
- Place them in a bowl with the water, salt, and garlic for 30 minutes.
- In a medium sized pot, or frying pan heat the oil to 325 degrees.
- Drain the plantain slices and pat with a paper towels.
- Fry a few rounds at a time, turning them occasionally until golden, not brown, and tender when pierced with a knife, about 5 minutes.
- Drain the cooked slices on paper towels and allow them to cool for at least 1 minute.
- Place the fried slices one by one between two pieces of waxed paper on a cutting board.
- Gently press each slice with a mllet or rolling pin into rounds approximately 1/3" thick and 2" in diameter.
- When all the slices are pressed, heat oil to 375 degrees, then refry the slices until golden brown and crispy on the outside, tender on the insdie, about 3 minute Drain the rounds on paper towel and sprinkle with salt, enjoy!.