Mofongo

Mofongo is a fried plantain-based dish from the island of Puerto Rico.  Similar dishes known as fufu de plátano in Cuban cuisine and Mangú in the Dominican.  Both are made by boiling plantain and then mashing them.

Mofongo is generally made from fried green plantains although, fried yuca or breadfruit are possible.  They are mashed together with broth, garlic, olive, and pork cracklings or bits of bacon.

It is often filled with vegetables, chicken, crab, shrimp, or beef and is often served with fried meat and chicken broth soup.  Mofongo Relleno is Mofongo stuffed with stewed beef, chicken or seafood, with stewed sauce poured over.

The history of this dish is older than the slave trade that brought it to this part of the world.  Originally from Western and Central Africa, the dish was made from pulverizing any starchy plant.  Yuca, plantain, yam, and cassava were often used.  The consistency was like that of porridge.  The food moved with the people forcefully pulled from their country, and even then, preserved their culture.

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