Mofongo

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Mofongo might not look like much, but it sure is tasty. Mashed green plantains with garlic, olive oil and pork rinds (or bacon). Mofongo goes well with chicken or fish broth and can be stuffed with garlic shrimp, carne frita or octopus salad. It can also be formed into small balls and dropped in soups or served directly in a mortar. This is one of my many guilty pleasures!

close up view of Mofongo garnished with green onions in a white bowl
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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups canola oil for frying

  • 3 cloves garlic, or to taste

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • cup crushed fried pork skins

  • 2 green plantains, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. Heat canola oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mash the garlic with the olive oil in a mortar and pestle. Combine garlic mixture with the pork rinds in a large bowl; set aside.

  2. Fry the plantain chunks until golden and crispy, but not brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer the fried plantains into the bowl with the garlic mixture. Toss to coat. Mash the coated plantains with the mortar and pestle until smooth. Season with salt. Roll the plantain mixture into two large balls or several small balls before serving.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Serve this with Camarones al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

726 Calories
56g Fat
59g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 726
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 56g 71%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 34mg 172%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 919mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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