Guest post by Rani Cheema of Cheema's Travels!
Recently I teamed up with Spoon™ (https://thespoonexperience.
With the golden hour sunlight shining over Chef Nivia’s outdoor kitchen and the enchanting tropical garden we watched her cook pan seared fish seasoned with Loisa Orangic Adobo, a mojo isleño, which is a flavorful tomato based sauce with stuffed olives, and Mofongo con Chicharrón (your recipe here!). You could feel the magic of this experience and honestly… felt jealous that Paulina and Gustavo were going to benefit most from this cooking lesson by having to eat these dishes in such a romantic farm, up on a hill!
Mofongo con Chicharron
Classic Plantain Side Dish
Adapted from 'Puerto Rican Cookery' by Carmen Aboy Valldejuli
Heat frying oil on medium heat to (350°F).
Peel and slice plantains in six, 1" pieces each.
Fry plantain pieces in two batches for about 10 minutes or until tender but not browned.
Remove from oil and drain on paper towel, sprinkle with salt and keep warm.
In a pilón or mortar, grind one or two pinches of salt, Loisa Adobo and one garlic clove until you reach a paste consistency
Add a tablespoon of butter or broth. Add 3 pieces of plantains and a couple of pieces of chicharrón. Pound with the pestle, incorporating all the ingredients.
Add 3 more pieces of plantain and pound to a mash incorporating all other ingredients. Once the mixture is smooth, with the aid of a spoon or spatula remove the mofongo and shape into a ball with your hands or mold.
Keep warm and serve as a side or stuffed with a protein in a criolla or mojo isleño sauce!