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Aranitas translates to "little spiders," and that's exactly what these crispy beds of grated then fried green plantains resemble.


  • 3 deep-green plantains

  • 1 cup peanut oil

  • Coarse salt for sprinking


  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees. Peel plantains; discard skins; discard skins. Using the largest holes on a box grater, grate the plantains in a large bowl.

  2. Scoop 1 tablespoon grated plantain into the palm of your hand. Make a tight fist, forming a 1 inch-diameter ball; place on a baking sheet. Repeat with grated plantains.

  3. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet set over a medium-high heat. Working in batches, place alls in oil, without crowding. Using a metal spatula, press down to flatten balls. Cook until golden brown on bottoms, about 2 minutes. Turn over; cook other sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt, and return to baking sheet; keep in warm oven. Repeat with the remaining balls.

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