Mofongo Recipe (Puerto Rican dish, made with plantains)

I love food in general, and obviously been Puerto Rican I love typical food from the island.  Now, I am living in North Mississippi and I struggle to find the ingredients I need to make some Puerto Rican food.  Yesterday, I was lucky enough to find some green plantains…I immediately thought about Mofongo.

What is mofongo? mofongo is a dish made with fried plantains smashed with some garlic and other goodies.  Everyone has their own recipe, the good thing about plantains and mofongo in particular, you can make it your own.  Most people stuff the mofongo with stewed chicken, skirt steak  or seafood.  I like to make mine simple, to please my picky family members. Today I am sharing my own spin on Puerto Rican mofongo. I like to pair my mofongo with a light green salad and some chicken or steak. You can serve it in the mortar of you can shape small balls with your hands.

To make mofongo you need a mortar: Puerto Rico Pilon, Pilon de Puerto Rico, it is use to make mofongo.☀Puerto Rico☀:  and adobo Goya Goya all Purpose Seasoning / Adobo Goya- http://www.puertoricanmarket.com/Goya-All-Purpose-Seasoning-Adobo-Goya-p189.html:

Mofongo Recipe (Puerto Rican dish, made with plantains)

Mofongo Recipe (Puerto Rican dish, made with plantains)

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Green Plantains
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, minced
  • 2-3 strips of bacon (save the drippings)
  • I bag of Pork Grinds (plain)
  • 2 tablespoons of Adobo Goya
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2-tbsp butter

Instructions

  • Peeled the plantains and cut them into 1-inch cubes.
  • Fry the bacon, save the drippings.
  • In a pot, I use a fry daddy, add canola oil or Crisco, enough to cover the plantains.
  • Fry the plantains for about 5-8 minutes, until they are cook through.
  • Add the minced garlic, adobo and the butter to the bacon drippings
  • In a mortar, add a tablespoon of the bacon drippings mix, plantain chunks, some bacon and pork grinds. Mashed the ingredients, then keep layering the ingredients as you go until you have use all the plantains.
  • Adding the pork grinds and bacon is a matter of preference, add as much or as little as you would like with your mofongo.
  • Serve as soon as it's done. Enjoy!
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