Sunday, December 27, 2009

Nom nom nom

Monfongo is made by mashing tostones with garlic, and bacon.
Here's what you'll need:

3 or 4 green plantains, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Fresh garlic to taste (chopped)
4 slices of bacon
Salt to taste (or you can use Adobo)
Cooked bacon (crumbled)
Frying oil


Sautee the bacon slices until most of the fat has melted.

Fry the plantain slices over medium to medium-high heat in a deep pan with your favorite frying oil. Remove when the slices begin to turn crisp.

In a large mortar, mash the plantain slices with the pestle, a few at a time, adding the bacon and seasoning mixture (salt (or adobo) and garlic) gradually.

The plantains should form a thick, hard mass.

OR: hollow each ball out in the middle and fill with any tasty dish in a sauce. Some favorites are shrimp (Mofongo Relleno de Camarones), lobster (Mofongo Relleno de Langosta) and stewed chicken (Mofongo Relleno de Pollo).

OR: make little "meatball" size balls and put them in your chicken soup or stick a toothpick on them and serve them as an appetizer at a party or friends get together.

Experiment! It's ok to have fun with your food!


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