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Back to basics . . . Monfogo!

This is one of Puerto Rico's favorite foods. It's made from tostones (twice fried green plantains), remashed in a pilón with fresh garlic, bacon pieces, and just a bit of bacon grease to keep it all moist. And so sorry, but you must use an old fashioned pilón for this (find it online). If you try a food processor the consistency won't be the same and your family will not want to make eye contact. OMG, just typing this makes my mouth water.

First prepare tostones using very green plantains. Don't worry about the 'mancha de plátano' when peeling green bananas, that's what makes us Puerto Ricans - rub your hands with olive oil and salt after peeling the plantains to get rid of the sap. Make the tostones as usual, peel, slice, fry over medium heat until just golden and fork tender, drain, mash using a tostonera or mash by inserting tostón between two pieces of brown paper bag and pressing down using a small dish, then dip in very salty warm water and into the frying pan again. Be careful here with the splatter, it can get dangerous. I have a lid on my other hand to cover the splatter. When slightly toasted remove and drain on paper towels.

The next step is the fun part, mash, mash, plop, plop. Mash one chopped garlic clove in the pilon with some salt, then add tostones, one at a time until mashed, now and then add just a bit of bacon grease and some cooked chopped bacon pieces and mix it all together. How many tostones? That depends on the size of your pilón. Some of the tostones with be very mashed, and some not so much. Now you have Mofongo!


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