If you start Googling what to do with those plantains you found at the store this week, you’ll find a lot of variations on smashed or mashed plantains. Mofongo, tostones, kufu–they’re all incredibly delicious takes on one of my favorite starchy vegetables. What varies are the seasonings and exact presentation. Some use pork skins for crunch and saltiness, others use pancetta. If you can’t get your hands on pancetta where you live, bacon works just as well and is often cheaper, so I’ve opted for that here. If you’re not on the autoimmune protocol, you can add some red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce. The cool thing about plantains is that even if you mash them up into a soup-like consistency, like in this recipe, they congeal into more of a dough if you let them sit long enough–which you can then roll into balls or smash into patties (you can also add a bit more broth or water while reheating them to thin them back out again). Bottom line: I love how versatile plantains are and how well they pair with everything!
Serve Mashed Plantains with:
- Roasted Garlic and Herb Cod
- Roasted Carrots
- Guac-Stuffed Burgers with Roasted Portobello Buns
- Garlic Steak with Lemon-Pepper Asparagus
- Bacon Braised Collard Greens
- Chile Con Carne from The Ancestral Table
- Pineapple Chili
- Southern Fried Chicken from Paleo Eats
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