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Mofongo with a twist


Mofongo is a typical Caribbean dish found in different islands. Last week on Instagram Live, my dear friend Karla and I made plant-based versions. She did a traditional mofongo with green plantains. She used an air-fryer instead of frying them. Karla did a tomato-based mushroom filling and used sofrito. I have a different take on it. I use ripe plantains. Click here to watch the IGTV.


I love using seasonal ingredients, my filling was cremini mushrooms, summer squash, and red onions. Eating local and what is in season can make your meal so delicious and help the environment.


My Mofongo with a twist recipe


Preheat my oven to 350 F.


1 plantain per person (Either green or yellow)

1 summer squash

2 cups of cremini mushrooms cleaned with a paper towel.

1/2 red onion

1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp of Afromeals harissa spice blend

a pinch of salt

2 cloves of garlic

Cherry tomatoes for garnish

Parsley for garnish



  1. I start by peeling the plantain and cutting it in half then lengthwise. Place plantains on a lightly oiled (olive oil or avocado oil) lined cookie sheet. Place the sheet in the oven. Checking a flipping plantains after 10 minutes.

  2. As the plantains cook, start your filling. This summer, I'm enjoying the combination of mushrooms, onions, and squash. make it your own. As you watch the IGTV, make it with your favorites.

  3. I shred the squash with a box cutter, clean and cut the mushrooms, and dice the red onion.

  4. I heat up my cast iron pan and add the vegetables. After a few minutes, add the seasoning and balsamic vinegar and let it get absorbed into the mixture. Set aside.

  5. In a pilon or mortar and pestle, add one of two garlic cloves and make a paste.

  6. Remove the plantain from the oven.

  7. Add a few pieces of plantains to the garlic paste and mash it all together. if you want to mold it use a cup or mold of choice. Add a bit of the plantain mash and then some of the filling. Cover with the rest of the plantains.

  8. Unmold and enjoy with your favorite sauce and garnish as you like!! Make it your own. please feel free to share your twist on mofongo. Tag me on IG if you make it, at @eatingempowered.mercedes

Check out Tia Clara's Dominican cooking for a classic mofongo recipe. Here is a link to her recipe.