What is Mofongo?

The following is taken from wikipedia. As for the Mofongo that is made here in Caribbean Hut Kuwait we do NOT cook with ANY pork products or with alcohol. Our Mofongos are completely Halal.

“Mofongo (Spanish pronunciation: [moˈfoŋɡo]) is a fried plantain-based dish from Puerto Rico. It is typically made with fried green plantains mashed together in a pilón (which consists of a wooden mortar and pestle), with broth, garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings (Chicharrón) or bits of bacon. It can be filled with vegetables, chicken, crab, shrimp, or beef and is often served with fried meat and chicken broth soup. Mofongo relleno is mofongo served with stewed meat or seafood poured over it.

Origins
Mofongo is an Afro-Puerto Rican dish that has clear roots in the west African Fufu. Fufu is made from various starchy vegetables and was introduced to the Caribbean by Africans in the Spanish New World colonies such as the Dominican Republic (mangú), Cuba (fufu de plátano) and Puerto Rico (mofongo). Fufu consists of starchy root vegetables and plantains boiled then mashed until a dough-like consistency with water, butter, or milk.

Method

A pilón to make Mofongo
Plantains are mainly used to make mofongo but other starchy roots can also be used. The plantains and/or starchy roots are cut about half inch thick and deep fried. When done the plantains/roots are crisp outside but dense inside. The plantains/roots are then mashed with broth, olive oil, garlic, pork cracklings, and seasoning. The consistency of mofongo is much more stiff than fufu.

Variations
It is also common in Puerto Rico to make mofongo with cassava (mofongo de yuca), bread fruit (mofongo de pana), or a combination of cassava, ripe and green plantains (trifongo), ripe and green plantains (mofongo de amarillo).

Thanksgiving is an American holiday that has been adopted by Puerto Rico. Turkey is the main focus on every thanksgiving table and is traditional stuffed bread. The traditional bread stuffing is replaced with mofongo in Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans homes outside the commonwealth.

Frito-Lay produces MoFongo Snax, a combined plantain chips, yuca chips and pork rinds into one bag.

Mofongo outside of Puerto Rico
In Cuba mofongo is called Machuquillo. The plantains are not fried but boiled. Machuquillo is often garnished with parsley and served with roasted pork or chicken.

During the 60’s many Dominicans feared the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and many fled to Puerto Rico and New York City. Mofongo picked up quickly with Dominicans living in Puerto Rico and New York city (where thousands of Puerto Ricans lived at the time). Plantains are a Dominican staple and their third most important crop after rice and beans. Mofongo is a flag ship food for many Dominican restaurants and is noted in their recipe books as Dominican comfort food and a dish borrowed from Puerto Rican cuisine.

Mofongo is also popular in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Florida, and anywhere large numbers of Puerto Ricans or Dominicans reside.”  (Wikipedia)

 

courtesy of Isadora Rivera

courtesy of Isadora Rivera

 

 

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