Tostones de platanos (fried plantains) - country living

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
4 cups Water
3 \N Green plantains, peeled and cut crosswise diagonally into 1-inch thick slices
2¾ teaspoon Salt
2 \N Garlic cloves, finely chopped
\N \N Vegetable oil for deep fat frying
\N \N Ketchup (optional)

1. In large bowl, combine water, plantains, 2½ t salt, and the garlic. Let stand 15 minutes.

2. Drain plantains well and reserve liquid; dry plantains on paper towels.

3. In large skillet, heat ½ inch oil until deep-fat thermometer registers 375'F. Fry very dry plantains in oil 6 to 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels. With palm of hand, flatten plantain slices to ¼-inch thickness.

4. Dip plantain slices in reserved liquid and dry on paper towels.

5. Fry plantains again in oil until golden brown and crisp; drain on paper towels. Season Fried Plantains with remaining ¼ t salt and serve warm on serving plate with ketchup, if desired.

Country Living/Sept/90 Scanned & fixed by DP & GG

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