1. Cut the banana in half. Don't peel yet.
  2. Cut each 1/2 lengthwise. You now have quartered the plantain into four equal, narrow, relatively flat pieces.
  3. Now peel the plantain, more by pulling it off with your knife than peeling per se.
  4. Heat 1/4" corn or soybean oil in a pan.
  5. Put the plantain in the oil when the oil has reached a medium-high temperature. If oil smokes, turn it down.
  6. Turn the plantain when the natural sugars in the fruit begin to carmelize (just starting to turn brown) - about 6 minutes
  7. Fry the other side - about 5 minutes
  8. Place fried plantains on paper towels to remove extra oil
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