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MOFONGO

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844,627 views  This delicious recipe was developed by Omi Hopper.

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INGREDIENTS

for the Sofrito

for the Sofrito

white onions, roughly chopped

3 white onions, roughly chopped

sweet chili peppers (and/or green and red bell peppers), stems removed + halves

16 oz sweet chili peppers (and/or green and red bell peppers), stems removed + halves

cilantro, roughly chopped

1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

culantro, roughly chopped

1 bunch culantro, roughly chopped

garlic, peeled

8 - 10 cloves garlic, peeled

olive oil

2 - 3 tbsp olive oil

for the Chicharrón de Pollo

for the Chicharrón de Pollo

bone in skin on chicken thighs

2 lb bone in skin on chicken thighs

~2 Sofrito (see recipe above)

cup ~2 Sofrito (see recipe above)

Juice of  bitter oranges (or a mixture of lemon and lime juice)

3 Juice of bitter oranges (or a mixture of lemon and lime juice)

olive oil

3 tbsp olive oil

adobo

2 - 3 tsp adobo

sazón

2 - 3 tsp sazón

dried oregano

1 teaspoons dried oregano

fry oil of choice (corn oil preferably)

48 oz fry oil of choice (corn oil preferably)

for the Mofongo Ingredients:

for the Mofongo Ingredients:

green plantains, peeled + ends trimmed

7 green plantains, peeled + ends trimmed

fry oil of choice (corn oil preferably)

48 oz fry oil of choice (corn oil preferably)

unsalted butter

1 stick unsalted butter

garlic, peeled + crushed/minced

2 cloves garlic, peeled + crushed/minced

cilantro, chopped

1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

olive oil + more for greasing

1 tbsp olive oil + more for greasing

small white onion, chopped

0.25 small white onion, chopped

If needed,  water, cold

2 ½ tbsp If needed, water, cold

To taste kosher salt

To taste kosher salt

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

handfuls (depending on your hand size) store bought pork rinds

1.5 handfuls (depending on your hand size) store bought pork rinds

Chicharrón de Pollo (see recipe above)

Chicharrón de Pollo (see recipe above)

DIRECTIONS

1.

for the Sofrito Method:

1.

Working in batches, combine the onion, peppers, cilantro, culantro, and garlic in the base of a food processor. Blend until the sofrito is relatively smooth.

white onions, roughly chopped

3 white onions, roughly chopped

sweet chili peppers (and/or green and red bell peppers), stems removed + halves

16 oz sweet chili peppers (and/or green and red bell peppers), stems removed + halves

cilantro, roughly chopped

1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

culantro, roughly chopped

1 bunch culantro, roughly chopped

garlic, peeled

8 - 10 cloves garlic, peeled

2.

Transfer all of the blended sofrito to a large bowl and drizzle with the olive oil. Give the mixture a stir to incorporate the olive oil, then set aside until ready to use. Alternatively, cover and refrigerate the sofrito for up to 3 days.

for the Sofrito

for the Sofrito

olive oil

2 - 3 tbsp olive oil

3.

for the Chicharrón de Pollo Method:

1.

Using a cleaver, cut the chicken thighs in half directly through the bone.

bone in skin on chicken thighs

2 lb bone in skin on chicken thighs

2.

Transfer the chicken to a large bowl, then add the Sofrito, bitter orange juice, olive oil, adobo, sazón, dried oregano, and garlic. Using your hands, massage the marinade into the chicken thighs.

~2 Sofrito (see recipe above)

cup ~2 Sofrito (see recipe above)

Juice of  bitter oranges (or a mixture of lemon and lime juice)

3 Juice of bitter oranges (or a mixture of lemon and lime juice)

olive oil

3 tbsp olive oil

adobo

2 - 3 tsp adobo

sazón

2 - 3 tsp sazón

dried oregano

1 teaspoons dried oregano

3.

Allow the chicken to marinate for 15-20 minutes at room temperature.

4.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large high-wallet skillet to 350 °F.

fry oil of choice (corn oil preferably)

48 oz fry oil of choice (corn oil preferably)

5.

Working in batches, add the marinaded chicken to the oil. Fry the chicken for 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 175 °F.

6.

Transfer the fried chicken thighs to a paper towel-lined sheet tray.

7.

Serve warm.

8.

for the Mofongo Method:

1.

Slice the plantains into 2-inch segments.

green plantains, peeled + ends trimmed

7 green plantains, peeled + ends trimmed

2.

Add the oil to a large high-walled skillet. Heat the oil to 350 °F. Once preheated, add the plantains to the oil and fry for 7-8 minutes or until golden on the outside and tender on the inside. Remove the plantains from the oil using a splotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel-lined sheet tray

fry oil of choice (corn oil preferably)

48 oz fry oil of choice (corn oil preferably)

3.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet. Once frothy and melted, add the garlic, cilantro, olive oil, and chopped onion to the skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is quite fragrant.

unsalted butter

1 stick unsalted butter

garlic, peeled + crushed/minced

2 cloves garlic, peeled + crushed/minced

cilantro, chopped

1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

olive oil + more for greasing

1 tbsp olive oil + more for greasing

small white onion, chopped

0.25 small white onion, chopped

4.

Combine the still warm plantains and the butter mixture in a large bowl. Using a potato masher, mash the plantains until mostly smooth with a few chunks still remaining. For a softer consistency, add cold water to the mixture during the mashing process.

green plantains, peeled + ends trimmed

7 green plantains, peeled + ends trimmed

If needed,  water, cold

2 ½ tbsp If needed, water, cold

5.

Season the mofongo to taste with salt and pepper.

To taste kosher salt

To taste kosher salt

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

6.

Add the pork rinds to the mofongo and combine the mixture using the potato masher.

handfuls (depending on your hand size) store bought pork rinds

1.5 handfuls (depending on your hand size) store bought pork rinds

7.

To serve, grease a medium bowl of choice with olive oil, then add the mofongo. Gently compact the mofongo into the bowl, the place a serving plate of choice over the bowl and flip the plate/bowl over. Carefully remove the bowl to reveal the unmolded mofongo.

8.

Serve with Chicharrón de Pollo and enjoy.

Chicharrón de Pollo (see recipe above)

Chicharrón de Pollo (see recipe above)

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