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- 2 green plantain sliced into 1" discs
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Heat the oil in large skillet over medium heat.
- Cook the plantains in the oil in a single layer (in batches, if necessary) until golden-brown.
- Flip the plantains over and cook another 2 minutes, then remove from the skillet.
- Smash the plantain discs with a pan or meat hammer until about 1/4" thick.
- Return to the skillet and cook another 2 minutes per side.
- Sprinkle with salt before serving.