Mangu, a Latin Favorite.

Written by Crafty Spices

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I’m sure this is nothing new for the Latino community, but for the rest of my friends I wanted to share this Dominican inspired recipe.

The standard or original mangu is very simple and easy to make. You can also get fancy and add different condiments, cheese or even bacon bits, but first things first, we will start with the basic Mangu:


Ready in: 50 Minutes (20 Prep - 30 Cook) | Serves: 4-5  | Complexity: Easy
  • 4 to 5 Large Green Plantains
  • Medium to large Saucepan (aprox. 12")
  • Aprox 3 Cups of Water (enough cover plantains)
  • Salt to taste (aprox. 2.5 tsp)
  • 2 to 3 tbs Butter or Margarine
  • 1 to 2 tbp Extra Virgin Olive Oi
  • 2 to 3 Clove Garlic (Minced)
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 2 to 3 tsp Bacon Bits
  • 2 to 3 tbs Grated Cheese
  •  1 or 2oz Cream Cheese
Plantains / Platanos
  1. Peel* (most people peel the plantains, we just cut the ends and score them, but they take a bit longer to cook) and cut plantains into 3 or 4 parts.
    Plantains in saucepan
  2. Place water, salt and plantains into saucepan, bring to a boil, and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, plantains should be tender but slightly firm.
  3. Remove from stove, at this point plantains skin should be mostly loose, remove and dispose of them (if not done so before), drain water, reserving 1 cup of the liquid.
  4. In a large bowl, mash plantains with the reserved liquid and butter/Margarine.
  5. If you are adding any or all of the optional ingredients, this is the time to add them.
  6. Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil after platting.
Suggestion, serve with:
Saute or slow cooked onions (picture above), sausage or salami (picture above), fried or poached eggs, cheese, bacon, etc.
* To peel the plantains cut off the ends, make 2 or 3 scores on opposite sides lengthwise, insert knife into one of the scores and peel off that part, then do the same to the other side, and repeat until completely peeled.

Questions and comments are always welcome.
Thank you and enjoy...
Author: Jay
"Friend, companion, wife, and modern mom to 2 beautiful baby girls. Loves to travel and enjoys the outdoors, likes to cook and bake, enjoys doing crafty things and spending time with her family.

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