Sabroso Sabados: Mangu

One of my favorite things about being a Dominicana is our delicioso cuisine. One of our most popular recipes is the Mangu, mashed plantanos (plantains). The great thing about plantanos is they are nutritionally beneficial; it contains loads of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. It is so nutrient rich that it is often acknowledged for being a super food. The pros do not stop there though, it is also super tasty and easy to make. You can eat mangu for breakfast, lunch, dinner, main dish, side dish, you name it! I like to eat my mangu as my main dish with salchichon , queso frito, y aguacate (salami, fried cheese and avocado). Mangu is a must try for anyone who loves Dominican food, or just looking to try something different.

Ingredients: Plantanos, Salami, Avocado, Fried Cheese, Onion, Vinegar, Butter, Salt

 

1.) Fill a pot with water halfway set on high and add a tablespoon.While your water is heating up, begin to peel the plantanos. The easiest way to do this is by cutting both ends of the plantano off and slice a thin line down the middle. From the slit, peel back the outer skin; you may use your hands or a small knife.  Once you have removed the skin, cut your plantano in half and add to your water.

2.)While the plantanos are cooking(about 25 minutes) I cut my salami, fried cheese and onions into pieces. As the salami and fried cheese are frying, I add vinegar and salt in a bowl and to let my onions marinate. After I am done cooking the cheese and salami I put my onions with the vinegar to fry.

3.)After you’re done with your onions, go back to your plantanos to see if they are folk tender. If you stick a folk in them and they break apart they are ready. They will look like this.

4.)Now you may drain them. KEEP some of the water you used to cook the plantanos. Pour your onions, butter and water into the pot and begin to mash your plantanos, mix and Voila you made Mangu.