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                         Deep-Fried Plantain Rounds
 
 Recipe By     : Big Flavors Of The Hot Sun by Chris Schlesinger
 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Appetizers                       Big Flavors Of The Hot Sun
                 Caribbean                        Dips
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2                    green plantains
    2      cups          vegetable oil
                         salt and pepper -- to taste
 
 This is one of my favorites. Fried plantains are great with a whole range of
 Caribbean and African-inspired dishes or just as a snack by themselves. Make
 sure you use green plantains, even though they are somewhat of a nuisance to
 peel. Ripe ones are too mushy for this preparation.
 
 METHOD:
 
 Peel plantains and cut into 2-inch rounds.
 
 Heat the oil in a small saucepan until hot but not smoking. Drop the plantain
 rounds into the hot oil 3 or 4 at a time and cook until well browned, 2 to 3
 minutes. Remove and drain.
 
 Set each fried plantain on a flat side, and using a rolling pin, frying pan,
 or whatever else you think will work, squash it as flat as you can. It should
 have a circular shape.
 
 Return the flattened plantain sections to the hot oil 3 or 4 at a time and
 cook until the entire surface is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the
 plantains from the oil, drain, and season liberally with salt and pepper.
 Serve hot or at room temperature.
 
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