Airfryer Mofongo Balls
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Airfryer Mofongo Balls

Crispy mofongo formed into balls and filled with savory oyster mushrooms.

Jun 22, 2024

By: Camila Dipuglia | @sanoyexotico

Creating this recipe has been an incredible journey, as it has brought back many happy memories of my childhood in the Dominican Republic, combined with the broader Caribbean culture. While Mofongo originally comes from Puerto Rico, we have adapted it to our own version in the Dominican Republic, which is a beautiful aspect of Caribbean culture.

My inspiration for this recipe comes from Yaya, a very important person in my family who worked in my cousins' home all her life. We grew up with her and her delicious, traditional Dominican food. I remember afternoons after playing and nights when we would always come home tired, and Yaya would always delight us with her "mofongo balls," which she originally filled with cheese, making us incredibly happy.

Recipe creator with Yaya

I wanted to recreate this delicious recipe in my own style, making it vegan and using the air fryer for a healthier touch. This recipe is a testament to the versatility of plantains and the depth of flavor that can be achieved with simple, wholesome ingredients.

The process begins with selecting the perfect green plantains. Green plantains are starchy and firm, making them ideal for creating the dense, satisfying texture that is characteristic of mofongo. After peeling and cutting the plantains, they are tossed in olive oil and air-fried to achieve a crispy exterior and tender interior. The air fryer not only reduces the amount of oil needed but also ensures an even cook, making the plantains perfect for mashing.

Plantains for mofongo

The broth, made with Loisa's Recaito and Sofrito Rojo, adds a layer of complexity and richness to the dish. Loisa's products are a staple in my kitchen because they bring authentic Latin flavors to my recipes effortlessly. The Recaito, with its blend of herbs and aromatics, and the Sofrito Rojo, with its vibrant tomato base, create a broth that is both comforting and flavorful. Adding fresh cilantro at the end gives it a burst of freshness that complements the hearty mofongo balls.

Using Recaito y Sofrito Rojo in broth

The mushrooms in this recipe serve as a delightful filling, providing a savory umami punch that contrasts beautifully with the garlicky plantains. Oyster mushrooms are my go-to for this recipe because of their meaty texture and ability to absorb the flavors of the seasonings. Coated with Loisa’s Organic Sazón and Adobo, along with a touch of soy sauce, the mushrooms become deeply flavorful and perfectly seasoned.

Garlic paste, cooked plantains, and air fried oyster mushrooms

Creating the garlic paste is a crucial step that shouldn't be rushed. The aroma of fresh garlic mashed with olive oil and salt form the backbone of the mofongo’s flavor. The final air frying step gives the mofongo balls a delightful crispness that contrasts with the creamy interior.

Forming the mofongo balls

Serving these mofongo balls with the rich, aromatic broth is delightful. Each bite is a harmonious blend of flavors and textures, from the crispy exterior to the savory mushroom filling, all brought together by the fragrant broth. Garnishing with fresh cilantro adds a final touch of brightness, making each serving a feast for both the eyes and the palate and like I always say….. QUEDA MORTAL!!!