Garlic Plantain Chips

This recipe is part of a Cuban-Style ChristmasMojitoGarlic Plantain ChipsLime, Garlic, and Oregano MojoAvocado SaladGloria's Black Bean SoupCrab Empanadas with Pickled Garlic-Caper Remoulade and Roasted Pork Marinade.

  • 3 cups canola oil
  • 2 green plantains, peeled and finely sliced lengthwise
  • Salt to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste

1. Heat the oil to 350 degrees in a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed saucepan. Immediately add the plantain chips one at a time, but do not overload the pan or the oil will not stay enough. (Cook in batches if necessary.) Deep-fry until golden, 3 or 4 minutes.

2. Remove the chips with wire-mesh strainer and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with the salt and garlic powder and let cool.

Yield: 
4 servings

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