Plantain Chips (patacones) ***

Fried plantain chips are savory, crisp, and starchy. These are usually served with salsa verde. Patacones don't reheat very well, so eat them while their hot!
Photo by Roxie B.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • 2

    GREEN plantains

  • 1

    cup vegetable oil, plus more if necessary

  • 2

    cloves garlic mashed

  • 1

    ts salt

  • 1

    cup water

  • salt to taste

Directions

1- Cut off the ends of the plantains and then carefully cut a slit down the length of the skin without cutting into the plantain itself. Using a wooden spoon, pry up the edges of the peel and pull off the skin. Once the peel is removed, cut the plantain crosswise into 4 or 6 pieces, each 1 1/2 to 2 inches long. 2- Heat the oil in a medium skillet over med high heat,350*. Add the plantains and fry them until they turn golden on all sides, about 7-8 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain, then place them between 2 sheets of parchment paper. 3- Flatten the plantains, to 1/4 inch by pressing down on them with a heavy bottomed pan.(At this point the plantains can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days) 4- Before frying the second time, dip each slice into water-garlic-salt mixture.Fry each slice(350*) for about 5-6 minutes until golden brown. Transfer them back to the paper-towel-lined plate to drain and repeat with the remaining flattened plantains. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately with salsa verde or lime wedges.

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