Recipe and Cocktail of the Week: Mofongo and Pina Colada of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Mofongo

Did you know that the number one source of starches in Puerto Rico comes from plantains?

One of the best ways to enjoy plantains is via a traditional Puerto Rican dish, mofongo.So what is mofongo and why should you give it a try? Dig into the info below to find out.

What is Mofongo?

If you’ve never tasted mofongo for yourself, it can be a little tough to describe.

Sliced and whole ripe plantains
Ripe Plantains for Mofongo

Think of it as Puerto Rico’s answer to mashed potatoes. It tends to be just as hearty and filling as mashed potatoes but with a nice subtle sweet flavor thanks to the ripe ones.

This is my recipe, actually my mother-in-laws recipes. I miss her. But I am just as good for being a nice Jewish girl from The Bronx

Ingredients

4 semi-ripe plantains, peeled, rough-chopped
¼ cup diced Spanish onion
½ cup smoked bacon
¼ cup + 1 t. chopped garlic
1 t. white pepper
3 T. kosher salt, divided
¼ lb. butter
3-5 lbs. pork shoulder or Boston butt
2 limes, juiced
2 oranges, juiced
1 packet Sazon seasoning mix (or achiote)
1 T. olive oil
Mojo de Ajo (recipe follows)

Mojo de Ajo
1 T. fresh garlic
1 cup red wine vinegar
3 limes, juiced
3 oranges, juiced
1 t. orange zest
1 packet Sazon seasoning mix
1 T. kosher salt
1 cup olive oil

Instructions

1. Boil plantains until fairly soft but not mushy. In separate pan, sauté onion and bacon until bacon is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain plantains; add to bacon/onion mixture. Add 1 t. garlic, white pepper, 1 T. salt and butter; mash with potato masher. Keep warm.

2. Rub pork with lime and orange juices, remaining salt, seasoning mix, remaining garlic and olive oil. Marinate pork at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

3. In preheated 400ºF oven, roast pork 45 minutes-1 hour (to golden-brown, crisp exterior). After pork is browned, lower oven to 225ºF; cover pork tightly with aluminum foil. Continue to roast 4 hours, until pork is fork-tender.

4. In 350ºF oven, heat about ½ cup plantain/bacon mash and ¼ cup roasted pork 10-12 minutes, or until hot. Put bacon/ plantain mash in small bowl; top with roasted pork. Drizzle mojo de ajo on top.

Mojo de Ajo
Method: In blender, combine garlic, vinegar, lime and orange juices, orange zest, seasoning mix and salt. After about 10 seconds, slowly add oil, 1 T. at a time. Chill in refrigerator at least 10 minutes.

Mofongo
Pina Colada

Recipe is
1 1/2 cups ice
1/2 cup diced pineapple frozen preferred
2 oz. Pineapple juice
2 oz Coco Lopez Cream Coconut
1 1/2 ounces white rum (Barcardi)
1 ounce dark rum
Place in blender, whirl u and drink. #WEPA

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