First, preheat the vegetable oil to about 400F. You’ll need enough to go halfway up the sides of your pot or deep pan. Next, find some lovely plantains. The more blackened the better. Slice off either end, then cut it in thirds, lengthwise. This will give you nice, long pieces. I found it easier to crack off the peel after slicing. Alternatively, for smaller pieces, you can slice the plantain in rounds, then remove the peel.