Mofongo Mashing

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.

mofongo mashing

Fried plantains ready for mofongo

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!

Moral of the story?  If you ever find yourself wishing for a mortar and pestle, grab a large unbreakable bowl and that bottle of wine you just finished and mash away.  Hoping you all had a great Thansgiving and best wishes for the rest of the holiday season!

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

2 Responses to “Mofongo Mashing”

  1. Maria Aponte
    November 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Haha Nice. You gotta do what you gotta do.

  2. December 26, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    That’s perfect! I should make these since I always hear you raving about them! 🙂

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