That round yellow ball that resembles some sort of mashed potatoes is mashed fried plantains. Mofongo is a traditional food dish from Puerto Rico that has fried plantains as the star of the dish. Similar to tostones, the green plantains are fried then mashed in a wooden pilón with garlic and oil.
The method of making this food dish dates back to Africa and was introduced to the Caribbean islands as a recipe called “fufu“. It originally was made by boiling starchy foods such as cassava and plantain, and then mashed into a dough. Cubans and Dominicans use this method in their own dishes called “fufu de plátano” and “mangú“.
However, Puerto Ricans fry the starchy green plantain instead of boiling prior to mashing. This frying method and including pork cracklings are unique to Puerto Rico’s mofongo recipe. Different types of meat or seafood are usually packed inside or spread around the mofongo.
Making mofongo is similar to making tostones, the difference being that tostones are fried once more after you flatten it with a tostonera. With mofongo, you use a pilón to mash those golden plantain round slices instead of flattening and frying twice. Heres our recipe showing you how tostones are made.
If there’s one thing you need to make authentic mofongo – it is a pilón. What is a pilón? It is a wooden mortar and pestle that is used throughout the Caribbean Islands to crush and grind various ingredients. I highly recommend everyone to purchase one for not only mofongo but for various other recipes that call for it. Here is a wooden pilón for sale on Amazon if you can’t find one at your nearest store.
Also, please grab a large pilón. I made a huge mistake in the past and ordered a VERY small pilón that made it impossible to mash those fried plantains. Talk about a waste of time.
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