Pork Mofongo Pie

Pork Mofongo Pie
Pork Mofongo Pie
Serves 4
I had leftover cooked yuca (yucca) and ripe plantains (plátano) that needed attention, so I searched the web for recipes that use these two ingredients together. I came across something that is called a Mofongo and there were many ways to prepare it. After reviewing several of the recipes, I decided to do my own thing & make something completely different -- a mofongo pork pie. I jotted down every step & measurement on a sheet of paper as I went, and I must say, I am glad that I did since I typically don't measure. The result was awesome and my husband went nuts! We did reserve one slice for our downstairs neighbors to have a taste. The following morning, they notified me that they actually fought over every bite and exclaimed that I must make this again! So, this recipe is a keeper!
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Ingredients
  1. THE CRUST: (THIS WILL MAKE TWO PIE CRUSTS, ALTHOUGH THE FILLING RECIPE IS ONLY FOR ONE PIE--This does not work with a flour--nor any other--pie crusts)

  2. 3 cups cooked yuca --peel the root, chop roughly and boil in water till done
  3. 3 ripe yellow plantains, sliced and fried in butter (not green plaintains)
  4. 5 garlic cloves
  5. 5 slices of smoked bacon, cooked and chopped
  6. 1 teaspoon sal en grano

  7. THE FILLING: (DOUBLE THIS IF YOU WILL BE MAKING TWO PIES)

  8. 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  9. 2 small yellow onions, chopped
  10. 1 jalapeño, chopped
  11. 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  12. 1 pound ground pork
  13. 1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric
  14. salt & pepper to taste
  15. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400F.
  2. In a food processor, mash together the cooked yuca, fried plátano, garlic and salt. You may need to do this in stages.
  3. Cook up the bacon, then chop and mix it thoughly into the pasty yuca/plátano mixture.
  4. Grease a deep dish pie pan and press half of the yuca/plátano mixture into the pan to form the pie crust. (You will have leftover yuca/plátano dough to use for a second pie). Bake the crust for about 20 minutes or until done. A bubble may form in the center--just press that down. It is ready for the filling.
  5. For the filling, heat the oil in a large skillet and cook the jalapeño and onions until soft. Add the chopped garlic, pork meat, turmeric, salt and pepper to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon each--be sure to taste & adjust).
  6. Stir all together and cook the pork.
  7. Pour the filling into the crust and top with cheese, then bake for 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve.
Notes
  1. Mofongo is a fried plantain-based dish. It is typically made with fried green plantains mashed together in a pilón, with broth, garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings or bits of bacon.
  2. --For my second pie crust, I also like making a quiche the following morning -- using leftover cooked beans and cheese; or bean dip and cheese mixed into the egg batter, are just two examples of what goes very well with this crust -- but baking the crust as above first before filling.
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