Fried Plantains

Plantains are common all over South America and in Mexico. There are many ways to prepare them: Boiled, fried, baked or made into fritters. This recipe is one of my favorites. A Plantain is a banana like fruit that must be cooked. I like to serve this recipe with black beans spiced with chipotle peppers and rice. Fried plantains are best served with salsa.

2-3 Med size Plantains
Salt and pepper

1. Peel plantain by trimming ends and making a slice from end to end (plantains are more difficult to peel than a banana). Cut the plantain into 1-inch slices.
2. Heat the oil and fry the pieces until they start to turn light brown. Remove from oil and drain slightly.
3. Place each piece on its flat end and crush into small patties of chips. Return to oil and fry until golden brown.
4. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper. These are wonderful!

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