It took some convincing, but eventually I caved. The dish is delicious, if not a little odd, and I was so glad my friends made me do it. In the future, I plan to try this recipe from the Peruvian cook book I brought back, but this week I kept it simple with plantain chips.
These are fairly easy to cook and the hardest part is actually getting them out of their skins. My suggestion is to get them somewhat yellow, too green and they'll basically require you to skin them with a knife. Either way, plantains are much harder than regular bananas and you will need a knife to get them open. Cut off the ends and then use the tip of the knife to make slits on each side of the fruit…vegetable…eh, it's up for debate. Once this is done, you should be able to peal it with some amount of ease. Cut into fairly thin slices depending on how crispy you want them. The thicker they are, the softer they tend to be. However, you don't want them too thin, otherwise they will burn.
Heat your oil in your pan on medium high or so (I used olive oil) and carefully place the chips in until they are mostly submerged. I don't have a specific time frame for how long, just keep an eye on them and flip with a fork. I found using a spatula did not work so well. Drain on paper towels and season with salt. Then, enjoy! Just be careful, it's easy to get burned and easier still to become somewhat obsessed. Do you have any international dishes that you could make yourself sick on?