MOFONGO is a typical Puerto Rican and Caribbean dish that consist of few simple ingredients; fried green plantains, tons of garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper, all mashed in a mortar with a pestle. Traditionally, you would add pork cracklings or pork rind and some people when lacking both of these ingredients use crispy bacon and its fat. I go the healthier way with olive oil and it works just fine.
TOMORROW: MOFONGO WITH GARLIC AIOLI OCTOPUS!
Approximate Prep and Cooking Time: 25 Minutes
Approximate Cost: $5.15 or $1.72 per Mofongo ball
Difficulty Level: ______ Easy __X__ Intermediate ____ Advanced
4 green plantains ($1.15)
Salted water (0)
2 c. peanut oil (to fry the plantains) ($2.50)
3 garlic cloves (.30)
Olive oil (to add to the plantains while you are mashing them) ($1.00)
HACK: You can stuff Mofongo with chicken, shrimp, lobster, or any seafood or meat of your choice, as long as it comes with a nice sauce, gravy, aioli or Ajilimojili.
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