Food & Drink Magazine

Bring Puerto Rico to You with This Mofongo & Shrimp

By Slowdownandsavor

When my husband and I went to Puerto Rico on our honey moon several years ago, we both fell in love with the dish that every local seemed to love, Mofongo.

Bring Puerto Rico to you with this Mofongo & Shrimp Basically, mofongo is a Puerto Rican dish typically made with green plantains mashed together in a pilón (which is a wooden mortar and pestle), with broth, garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings or bits of bacon. It is often filled with vegetables, chicken, crab, shrimp, or beef and is often served with fried meat and chicken broth soup.

Bring Puerto Rico to you with this Mofongo & Shrimp

When I grow weary of making the same old things all the time, I like to draw inspiration from my travels, from what we eat when we're out, and from other friends and their recipes. So as I was sitting here, STARVING, feeling my sweet little daughter squirm around in my belly, I decided to travel back to Puerto Rico (in my head of course), and the amazing flavors and textures that make up mofongo.

Bring Puerto Rico to you with this Mofongo & Shrimp

I made it a couple of times before for my family, A LONG TIME AGO, and I remembered it not being THAT hard... I was super pumped to put together this delicious island meal for my crew, bringing back memories of our amazing getaway.

Bring Puerto Rico to you with this Mofongo & Shrimp

Guess what? It was a success!! A HUGE success. We all loved it, even my little guys. I hope you'll like it too!

Major loved it so much, in fact, that he decided to sing a song about it. I took this video the first time he ate it, and I decided to share it again. Yeah, it's old, but I think it's cute as hell. And hey, I bet you'll be singing too, once you make this Puerto Rican classic in your very own home.

Bring Puerto Rico to you with this Mofongo & ShrimpBring Puerto Rico to you with this Mofongo & Shrimp

You'll sing for this Puerto Rican classic.

  1. a tbsp or so of olive oil
  2. 3 green plantains, peeled and chopped in 1/2" slices
  3. Vegetable or chicken stock. (1 cup or so)
  4. 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  5. 4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  6. 2 tbsp of bacon fat, or 3 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  1. More olive oil
  2. 3/4 lb. large or jumbo cleaned, de-veined, de-tailed shrimp
  3. 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
  4. 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  5. 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  6. 1 large bunch of washed cilantro
  7. salt & pepper
  8. crushed red pepper (as much or as little as you want)
  1. In a skillet, warm up some olive oil (OR BACON FAT), and toss in the garlic & onions. Cook until translucent.
  2. Add in the cooked/crushed bacon now.
  3. Cook on low to deepen the flavors.
  4. Remove the veggies from the pan, and add in some more oil or bacon fat.
  5. Turn heat up to med-high, and add in the plantain pieces, and let them get browned on one side, then the other, before turning the heat down. Check at around 5 minutes, and add a little of the stock. Stir. Cover. Keep doing this. It's kind of like risotto here. Salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Once the plantains are nice and super tender, like SUPER tender, pour them into the bowl where you have the veggies/bacon, and using a potato masher, mash the plantains into a consistency like mashed potatoes.
  7. To serve, scoop some of the mofongo out onto a plate and form into a round shape. You can also use a small bowl to get the mold right.
  1. Put some olive oil into a sauce/stock pot and get it warm. Add your onions, garlic and salt. Cook until translucent.
  2. Add the can of tomatoes. Stir.
  3. Stir in 1/2 of the bunch of cilantro and turn the sauce down to med-low, stirring occasionally.
  4. In about 10 minutes, add the crushed red pepper, and some more salt/pepper.
  5. TASTE ALONG THE WAY. The sauce should be sweet and acidic, with a slight heat.
  6. After about 40 or so minutes, add in the rest of the cilantro. Keep stirring.
  7. When you're about ready to serve, add in the shrimp, and set your timer for 7 minutes. Stir the shrimp into the sauce. Once the timer goes off, your shrimp should be cooked through. They'll look opaque.
  8. If your sauce is too thick, just add some of the veggie/chicken stock to thin it out.
  9. To serve, spoon out the amount of shrimp desired and place on top of your mofongo, and then top with the sauce.
  10. Fin!

Slow Down and Savor

Bring Puerto Rico to you with this Mofongo & Shrimp Bring Puerto Rico to you with this Mofongo & Shrimp Share! Eating In, easy mofongo, mofongo recipe, mofongo recipes, plantains, Puerto Rican food, Puerto rico, shrimp mofongo, what to do with plaintains Travel

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Ralph's Top 10 Blogged Band Chart - as Played on Radio KC - 28.5.17

    Ralph's Blogged Band Chart Played Radio 28.5.17

    Click here for the Ralph's Life websiteTracks from the Top Ten Blogged Bands are played every Sunday 5-7pm on Radio KC as part of Ralph's Indie Show.LISTEN TO... Read more

    8 hours ago by   Mike Lindley
  • Top 3 Ways to Improve Your Health

    Ways Improve Your Health

    I recently listened to an American comedian, who in a sketch was advising a man whose girlfriend had just left him to let her go. "She's not worth it" she told... Read more

    8 hours, 2 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
  • Maria’s Pancakes

    Maria’s Pancakes

    Meal plansGet lots of weekly low-carb meal plans, complete with shopping lists and everything, with our premium meal planner tool (free trial).... Read more

    8 hours, 58 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
  • Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2017 Preview: Zac Brown Band Top 10

    Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2017 Preview: Brown Band

    If you love country music, and you love festivals, and you love to party... then Sunday night at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival is def. going to be your... Read more

    9 hours, 29 minutes ago by   Phjoshua
  • My Envy Box May 2017 Unboxing

    Envy 2017 Unboxing

    Hello everyone, what’s up? How are you surviving this heat? I fell sick so many times while I was out in the daytime. Please drink lots of fluid and stay... Read more

    9 hours, 35 minutes ago by   Jhilmil D Saha
  • Holiday Beauty Prep • Made Easy

    Holiday Beauty Prep Made Easy

    We are fast approaching the summer holidays where the only stress of our day should be deciding what cocktail to order. Hot sunshine, white sands, crystal... Read more

    9 hours, 44 minutes ago by   Kellilash
  • Softening the Edges

    Softening Edges

    This post will probably be of interest to anyone who is growing trailing plants, such as tomatoes, courgettes and squashes, in containers. Read more

    9 hours, 54 minutes ago by   Mwillis