Mofongo (smashed green plantains balls)

Green Plantains at my moms house in Puerto Rico

3 green plantains
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 smashed garlic cloves
1/2 cup cooked bacon cut into small pieces or 1/2 cup small pieces of chicharrones
1 cups vegetable oil

Peel and cut the plantains 1″ long. Place them in a bowl with salt water for 15 minutes. In a pan heat vegetable oil over medium low and cook the plantains until start to turn brown on each side, like 7 minutes per side. Place them on paper towel. In a pan heat olive oil to cook garlic. Smashed plantains with garlic oil, bacon, and salt. With a big spoon take some of the mix and make a ball. Cover each ball with foil paper until time to serve. If the mofongo is cold before serving, use the oven at 375 degree for 5 minutes to warm them again. Serves 4 Coqui!

*this is a traditional and very popular side dish from Puerto Rico

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