Necessity is the mother of invention. Or at least of managing your kitchen with what you have.
While mortars and pestles – pilones as they are known in Spanish – are essential kitchen equipment, sometimes even your best meaning friends do not have one in their house when those cravings for mofongo hit. Mofongo – one of Puerto Rico’s signature dishes – consists of fried plantain chunks that are smashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, a little bit of chicken stock, and crackly pork rinds or bacon.
Upon realizing that the pilot we thought was somewhere wasn’t really… anywhere we brought out the food processor. Turns out the food processor is fantastic for making mangú. Mangú is our Dominican Republic neighbors plantain puree. Where mofongo has its crunchy bits from the frying and pork mix-ins, mangú is completely smooth. We had to re-work our strategy…
No pilón? No problem!