What is Mangu? It's just boiled green plantains(not the sweet ones)that is mashed just like potatoes. It is very filling and tasty.
In my house my children love "mangu" I make it regularly for lunch or dinner. They like it with Spanish salami in a tomato sauce or with fried eggs, fried cheese and fried salami.
Peel the plantains cut them in half,and again in half like above. It cooks faster.
Add water to a pot.Bring to a rolling boil.
Add salt to taste. I usually add a tbs.
Add the plantains to the boiling water and cook until fork tender about 20min. Cook a little longer if not soft. Make sure the plantains are completely submerged as they will boil for a while.
You see, it can be easily pierced. Now it's time so mash away.
Remove the plantain and put in a dish.Turn off heat and DO NOT DISCARD THE COOKING WATER!! It is crucial to this recipe.
Work in some hot cooking water using a large spoon and mash quickly as they harden up very fast. Add butter or oil and mash until you have reached a smooth consistency, like that of mashed potato .
This is the consistency it should be. I added more water since my son likes it really soft. The more you add,the softer it is. Just don't add too much now.:)
Enjoy your Mangu. Serve with some sautéed onions or whatever tickles your fancy. !! Nom nom
Please feel free to make this basic recipe your own. Sub the water for milk or broth. Sub any healthy oil for the butter.Add cheddar cheese. Add pork crackling. Have fun.