Puerto Rican Tostones And Mofongo Recipe
If you have visited Puerto Rico, you likely already tried Mofongo and Tostones – two of the most popular, traditional food items on the island. You tried them, you loved them, and now you are back home and you want them again. So, what do you do?
You have two choices: (1) Find a restaurant near you that serves them or (2) Make them at home yourself. Unless your town has a Puerto Rican restaurant, the first option will be tough to come by.
No worries, though, for your convenience, here are some recipes for these delicious Puerto Rican dishes:
Ingredients: 3 green plantains, oil for frying, garlic powder, salt
- Peel the plantains
- Slice into 1” thick slices (if you do it diagonally it will work best)
- Fry slices over medium heat until softened
- Place on paper towels to drain
- Flatten (or press) all pieces to about ½” thickness – easiest way to do this is by using a Tostonera press but you can, also, flatten the plantains between 2 pieces of parchment paper by pressing them down with saucer or bottom of a glass
- In a bowl, dissolve some salt (about 1 tsp) in warm water
- Dip each piece of plantain into the warm, salty water and then fry again until crispy
- Drain, salt, and they are ready to eat!
Serve: This is a side dish best served with either Ketchup or garlic sauce. Or, try it with a Mayonnaise and Ketchup mixture (commonly referred to as Mayo-Ketchup sold by Goya on the island. You can purchase it from Amazon.) – YUM!
Mofongo is made by mashing Tostones (above) with olive oil, garlic, and bacon (or other pork fat like pork rinds or pork belly).
Ingredients: Tostones (above), 1 TBSP of crushed garlic, 1 TBSP of olive oil, ½ lb. bacon cooked and crumbled, Vegetable oil for frying, salt to taste
- Mix together garlic, olive oil, and cooked bacon into a garlic sauce
- Mash the Tostones a few slices at a time while adding small amounts of the garlic mixture. When you are finished, mix in all the batches together. This ensures an even distribution of the garlic sauce.
- Add salt to taste
Serve: Form into balls and serve warm. Can be used as a side dish or topped with meat or seafood (as in the top picture) and different sauces as a main course.