Mofongo

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Influenced by various cultures, Puerto Rico has a vibrant culinary scene. One of the more popular dishes in Puerto Rico is the Mofongo. It is made out of fried green plantains mashed with garlic and chicharrones (deep-fried pork skin), served with a buttery-garlic or a hot-capsicum-tomato Creole sauce. Usually, the mash is stuffed with a protein, such as chicken, steak, shrimp, lobster, or crab – at which point it becomes known as mofongo relleno. One can use sweet plantains or cassava, although green plantains are the most common. This means that one mofongo is different from the other, and there is little agreement on what constitutes the most traditional.