Tostones are a traditional snack in Puerto Rico and many South and Central American countries, though their name differs from place to place.
|light oil, for frying|
|salt, to taste|
Peel the plantains (should be difficult for good green plantains). Slice them into approximately 1" thick slices. Fry the slices in about 1/2" of light oil, until they start browning. Turn them over, and brown the other side. Drain them on paper towels. Remove them from the paper, place the plantains upright on a flat surface, and, with the aid of a thick- and flat-bottomed glass, smash the plantains; they should end up 1/2" thick or thinner. Re-fry the plantains on both sides until they're crispy. Drain once more, salt to taste, and enjoy.
Recipe by Dan Bornstein, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.milk.com/home/danfuzz/.
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