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oh….mangu (man-goo). The memories it brings, I recall as a small child eating this dish in our patio. It was always dark out, we would sit in our table outdoor under a small lamp and devour our plates.  My favorite, favorite meal.  What kid wouldn’t like it???? Plantains, fried salami, avocado, and a fried egg or fried cheese. YUM!! It was heaven, literally heaven.  Me and my sisters gobbling up our food and enjoying the crisp, clean night air.   We would eat this at least once a week, and we never got tired of it.

I came home today to the smell of freshly made mangu. Now this is a recipe i wanted to create from scratch and document all the steps for you.  This time i only have the end result. But it’s as easy as pie. 

Recipe (serves 2-4):

  • 4 green plantains (not green bananas, green plantains)
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 tbs vinegar
  • salt
  • 1 pkg Hebrew National Salami (it’s the brand my mother always uses)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pkg frying cheese (queso para freir)
  • canola oil

Set a pot with water and boil. (a pot large enough for the plantains)

Peeling the plantains:  To peel the plantains you will need a small sharp knife.  Cut the ends off, and run the knife down the ridge of the plantain.  Deep enough that you can peel back the skin.  You should be able to peel back the skin from the plantain like you would an orange.  Using you knife to cut any pieces of the skin that don’t peel off.  If you have never dealt with plantains before, the juices from the skin do stain your hand, it’s like sticky dirt. It’s easy to remove with soap and sponge. Once you have pealed the plantains cut them into halves and boil until tender when poked with a fork.

When done, reserve about 1 cup of the water. Pour out the remainder. Using a potato masher, mash the plantains.  Adding some of the reserved water as you mash to make the plantains smoother. It should resemble rough mashed potatoes, the plantains shouldn’t be mushy. They need to hold some form and texture.

Prepare the red onion topping: Slice about 1/2 the onion into rings. in a bowl, add vinegar and 1/2 tbs salt . In a small pot, add a little canola oil. Once the oil is hot and ready, add the onions. (you may add the juice left in the bowl of the onions) stir occasionally, cook until wilted. about 5 mins. For photos check out my Roasted Pumpkin Pizza

To fry the salami, just cut into rings and fry with a little canola until crisp. A fried egg won’t hurt either, over medium for me please :)

Got some avocado. Slice it up too, and sprinkle a little salt.

to reheat the mangu, place on a plate and break into small pieces. Cover with a moist paper towel and microwave for about 1 minute.