Mofongo: A Puerto Rican Take on Plantains
Widely available and a favorite of tourists and locals alike, mofongo, in simple terms, is a dish of mashed plantains filled with vegetables, chicken, beef or seafood. Though mofongo, as it is known today, is traditionally Puerto Rican, it is widely believed to be derived from the island’s African influenced history and a riff on the West African dish, fufu. Traditionally, the starchy dish is made from fried green plantains mashed with garlic and pork cracklings into either a bowl to hold the fillings or into balls to accompany the main dish. A simple dish but a staple in the Puerto Rican kitchen and likely to become a favorite of those who try it.