Wikipedia (you know, the Sum Of All Knowledge), defines mofongo as a fried plantain-based dish from Puerto Rico. It is typically made with fried green plantains mashed together in a pilón (which is a wooden mortar and pestle), with broth, garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings or bits of bacon. It is often filled with vegetables, chicken, crab, shrimp, or beef.
My man says there are so many different ways to make it that it never comes out looking or tasting the same. Different parts of the country make it differently, et cetera, as evidenced from some of these photos I stole from The Internet (thanks, Internet).
You can even make...
Fried plantains have to be one of the best foods on the planet. I first got to enjoy them when I lived in Texas and a woman I knew (who is originally from Nigeria) used to make them. They're so easy that I really need to start making them a staple around here.
Lots of different meat options for mofongo.
I wasn't feeling up for shrimp the night we made ours, so we used pork.
This is how ours turned out.
Wish I could also give you a taste, so you'd know how delicious it was.
I'm not one to shy away from new foods, and this is exactly why. You never know when you're going to fall in love with a dish, despite its funny name. Plus, if you don't try everything once, how will you know that you never ever ever want to eat octopus again, or that large fried ants from Ecuador taste a lot like burnt popcorn? But those are stories for a different time...