Puertorrican Specialties: Mofongo con Camarones al Ajillo
The guilty pleasures of Puertorrican Cuisine
This is an all time favorite among tourists and locals alike. Mofongo con Camarones al Ajillo is basically a shrimp dish with green plantain accompanied by green salad.
The word decadent comes to mind. All natural ingredients and is fun to make. No one will be disappointed with the taste and presentation.
Let's start with the Mofongo
In Puerto Rico we use "Platanos verdes" or Green plantains for an array of different side dishes. Mofongo is green plantain mashed in chicken broth. For starters, a serving for two people you will need:
- Six green plantains
- One cup of oil
- One big frying pan
- Adobo ( see the picture) or a combination of salt and pepper
- Sorfrito ( you can find the recipe at Puertorrican sofrito recipe in my hubs)
- One cup of chicken stock
Frying the plantains
Let's make Mofongo!
1. Cut the plantain into 3 inch pieces, put them in salt water for 15 minutes and drain.
2. In the frying pan heat oil until hot
3. Place the pieces in the hot oil, be careful, cook until light golden color.
4. Remove them from the heat and put in a paper towel to absorb the excessive oil.
5. In a one quart pot, heat the broth and add 1/2 cup of Sofrito to the broth; for five minutes.
6. Meanwhile using a "Pilon" or a hollow bowl mash the plantain pieces, adding 1/4 of the broth into it. This is to soften and acquire a semi soft consistency .Add Adobo to taste ( or salt and pepper)
7. Scoop the product into a plate.
This is how I like to present it.
Camarones al Ajillo ( Shrimp )
This is the easiest part of the dish. And is so delicious!! Let's get started.
Gather what you'll need:
1. 16 OZ ( 1 lb.) of cooked extra large shrimp preferably peeled, de veined and tail on.
2. Remember the stock? Good, keep it in a medium high heat.
3. 1 small onion sliced
4. 1 cup of green, red and yellow peppers
5. 1 teaspoon of Adobo
6. pinch of black pepper.
1. In a big saucepan , place 1/2 cup of the broth with 2 tablespoons of sofrito.
2. In medium heat place the shrimp into the mixture and stir
3. place the onions and peppers and cook for five minutes in medium heat.
4. Serve and enjoy!
Note: Do not overcook. This will affect the taste.
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The most amazing thing about this recipe is how many variations we can make by just changing some components. And it will still be amazingly delicious!!!