Mashed Plantains with Tomato Sauce (Mofongo con Salsa de Tomate)
Mashed with bacon and garlic, this plantain dish is served with a quick tomato sauce. Penny De Los Santos
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Mashed with bacon and garlic, this plantain dish is served with a quick tomato sauce. This recipe first appeared in our December 2011 issue along with Kathleen Squires’s story Island Holiday.

Yield: serves 6

Ingredients

  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 5 plantains, peeled, cut into 1″ chunks, soaked in hot water
  • 34 cup chicken stock
  • 8 oz. bacon, cut into 1/4″ cubes
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 1 (28-oz.) can whole, peeled tomatoes, drained and crushed Shredded iceberg lettuce and tomato wedges, to serve

Instructions

  1. Pour canola oil to a depth of 2″ into a 6-qt. Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 325°. Drain and dry plantains; fry until tender, about 6 minutes. Finely chop plantains in a food processor with stock; set aside. Cook bacon in a 10″ skillet over medium heat until browned, about 15 minutes. Stir bacon and fat into plantains with half the garlic and 5 tbsp. olive oil; season with salt and pepper; set mofongo aside.
  2. Heat remaining olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add remaining garlic and onion; cook until soft, about 15 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook until broken down, about 10 minutes. To serve, spoon mofongo into a 8-oz. ramekin; invert onto a serving plate garnished with lettuce and tomato wedges; top with sauce.

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