This is one of the best known and most representative recipes of the Dominican cuisine. It could probably be called Dominicans' official breakfast dish. A must-try for those sampling our cuisine. Learn how to make it with this simple step by step recipe.
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine Dominican, Latino
Keyword mangu, plantain, platano
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 35minutes
Author Clara Gonzalez
To make mangu
4tspolive oilor butter
1cupwaterat room temperature
To make onion garnish
Peeling: Peel the plantains (see how-to) and cut lengthwise, then divide each half into two. Remove the center where the seeds are located (optional, this is just my preference for a smoother mangú).
Boiling: Boil the plantains in enough water to cover them plus an inch until they are very tender, having added the salt to the water before the water breaks the boil.
Mashing: Remove the plantains from the water and mash them right away with a fork until they are very smooth and there are few to no lumps (be careful not to burn yourself). Mix in olive oil, and water at room temperature and keep mashing and mixing until it turns into a smooth puree.
Cooking onions: Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over low heat. Add onions and cook and stir until they become translucent. Pour in vinegar and season with salt to taste.
I like olive oil in my mangú, but this is a matter of personal preference, so feel free to go with butter if that's what you prefer.The nutritional values are calculated using olive oil instead of butter.Shhh... Wanna hear a little non-traditional tip to amp your mangú's flavor and take it to the next level? Add a tablespoon of powdered onion to it. You can thank me later.
How do you get very smooth mangú?
A common question we get is how to get a soft mangú, my trick is to add a bit more water than it seems necessary at first, as it cools down, mangú will inevitably get harder, so start with a mushy mangú and by the time it gets to the table it will be soft and creamy. Also, you'll need to mash very well, there's nothing worse than a lumpy mangú.
Can you reheat Mangu?
Yes, you can! Microwave or reheat in a pan, just remember to add a bit more water because it will be otherwise too dry.