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Mofongo de plátano maduro

Abuela made a great tasting mofongo using ripe plantains and adding onions, garlic, and bacon. It is delicious and I grew up eating this often.This is the way Cubans make mofongo and they call it Fufú (not to be confused with what Boricuas call fufú, a spell, ha! ha!). It is simple to make.

Peel and cut ripe plantains into 2" chunks, boil in salted water for about 10 minutes after boiling begins and are fork tender, drain.

Meanwhile cook 1 slice of bacon per plantain, (save the grease) and chop. Mince 1 garlic clove per plantain and chop a bit of onion, about 1 tbsp per plantain.

Mash the plantains using a potato masher while plantains are still warm (don't over mash, should be sort of lumpy, add the bacon, chopped onion and garlic. Now sort of slightly mash this together, use a bit of the bacon grease to tie it all together. Use salt and pepper to taste, and that's all there is to this amazing dish. This is how my Puerto Rican grandmother made it. I've seen some recipes out there that include mayo, and that's a big NO NO, if you want authentic food.





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