Preparation / Directions:
In large bowl, combine water, plantains, garlic and 2 3/4 teaspoons salt. Let stand 15 minutes. Drain plantains well, reserving liquid. Dry plantains on paper towels. In large skillet, heat 1/2" oil until deep-fat thermometer registers 375 degrees. Add plantains and fry 7 minutes. Drain plantains on paper towels. When cool enough to handle, use palm of hand to flatten plantains to 1/4" thickness. Dip plantains in reserved liquid and dry on paper towels. Refry plantains in hot oil until crisp and golden; drain on paper towels. Lightly sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt over plantains and serve hot.