Peel the plantain. Cut the ends off each plantain with a sharp knife. Use the knife to cut through the peel only the entire length of the plantain. Loosen the peel along with the cut and remove the peel by hand.
Cut the plantain into slices, about 2 inches wide.
Fill a large skillet with the oil and heat until it reaches 300 degrees. Once the oil is hot, fry the slices in batches for about 3-5 minutes total just long enough to make them soft.
Remove the plantains and drain them on paper towels. Using a heavy spatula, plantain press or a brown paper bag that is folded over, smash the plantains to about half their thickness.
Let the oil temperature come back up, this time to a hotter 375 degrees. Fry again until golden on both sides. Remove to paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and serve hot.
Recipe Credit: Robyn Webb
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