Pork Mofongo Pie
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!
- 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)
- 3 cups cooked yuca --peel the root, chop roughly and boil in water till done
- 3 ripe yellow plantains, sliced and fried in butter (not green plaintains)
- 5 garlic cloves
- 5 slices of smoked bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 teaspoon sal en grano
- THE FILLING: (DOUBLE THIS IF YOU WILL BE MAKING TWO PIES)
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 2 small yellow onions, chopped
- 1 jalapeño, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Heat oven to 400F.
- In a food processor, mash together the cooked yuca, fried plátano, garlic and salt. You may need to do this in stages.
- Cook up the bacon, then chop and mix it thoughly into the pasty yuca/plátano mixture.
- 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.
- 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).
- Stir all together and cook the pork.
- Pour the filling into the crust and top with cheese, then bake for 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve.
- 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.
- --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.