Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mangú (Mashed plantains)

This is one of the best known and most representative recipes of the Dominican cuisine. It could probably be called Dominicans' official breakfast dish. A must-try for those sampling our cuisine. You can see instructions with pictures here.

Time: 20 Mins
Difficulty: Easy
Serve: 4 people

Before starting to cook: Peel the plantains and cut into 8 pieces.

  • 4 unripe plantains
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • Salt

  1. Boil the plantains adding 2 teaspoons of salt to the water. When the plantains are very tender turn off the heat.
  2. While the plantains are boiling, heat a tablespoon of oil in a shallow pan. Sautee the onions, add the salt and the vinegar. Reserve.
  3. Take the plantains out of the water and mash them with a fork. Add the butter and the cold water and keep mashing until it is very smooth. Garnish with the onions and serve with scrambled eggs or deep-fried slices of salami or Queso frito (Fried Cheese).

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