Plantain Chips - Mariquitas

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Some of the best plantain chips are prepared fresh and served hot at walk-up windows and cafes. Make them fresh at home for a real treat!

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 4 servings

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Ingredients

2 large green plantains, peeled and sliced very thin
2 cups vegetable oil, for frying (approx.)
1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)

Method

Heat oil in a deep fat fryer or a frying pan.
With a sharp knife, plantain slicer, or a mandolin: cut plantain into thin circles. (The thinner the better.)

You can also slice plantains diagonally for a long strip. (The best way, actually -- and worth the trouble!)

Soak the chips or strips in ice water for about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain the chips and dry them with a paper towel.

Immediately fry plantain chips in small batches until crisp and golden brown.

Drain on paper towels; keep warm in oven until you can serve them.

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