Mofongo is a traditional Puerto Rican dish that is both hearty and flavorful. It is made by mashing fried green plantains with garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, and then shaping the mixture into a ball or mound. Mofongo is often served with a variety of meats or seafood, such as fried pork chops or shrimp, and a savory broth or sauce is poured over the top. This dish is a staple in Puerto Rican cuisine and is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Mofongo is not only delicious, but also a fun and interactive meal as it is often served in a large mortar and pestle, allowing diners to customize the dish to their liking. In this recipe, we will show you how to make authentic and delicious mofongo at home using a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps.
In a mixing bowl add the pork bacon, lime juice, salt and garlic cloves. Cook for 15 minutes in the air fryer until crispy.
Peel the green plantains by cutting off the ends and making a shallow cut along the length of the skin. Carefully remove the skin by pulling it away from the flesh.
Cut the plantains into 1-inch thick slices and set them aside. In a large frying pan, heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the plantain slices and fry them until they become golden and slightly crisp on the outside, about 5-7 minutes.
While the plantains are frying, peel and crush the garlic cloves using a mortar and pestle. Add olive oil and salt to create a paste.
Using a wooden mortar pestle or the back of a large spoon, mash the plantains until they form a smooth, dough-like consistency. Add the pork cracklings or bacon bits to the mashed plantains and mix them in.
Once the mofongo is well-mixed, shape it into small balls. Cook for 20 minutes in the air fryer.
Serve the mofongo hot as a side dish or a main course. ENJOY!
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