Last time I went to Tienda Latina to buy food for my birthday I noticed they had sliced and pre-cooked ripe plantains in the freezer. I grabbed a bag without even asking for the price and started thinking what to do with them.
It didn’t take me too long to decide: I wanted to make a version of majarisco, a dish from the North of Perú that features plátano majado (smashed plantains) and seafood. To keep things simple, I used frozen mussels and chorizo (also bought at Tienda Latina) for this version.
Majado de plátano con choros y chorizo
Yield: 5-6 servings
- 500g frozen pre-cooked plantains (or 500g fresh plantains, sliced and cooked in fat)
- 500g chorizo
- 1-2 Tb fat of choice (I used ghee)
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 Tb chilli paste (I use Peruvian ají panca but any kind will do)
- 1kg frozen mussels
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/2 cup fish (or vegetable) stock
- 2 Tb apple cider vinegar
- salsa criolla
- Smash plantains with a pestle or similar heavy object.
- Slice chorizo.
- Chop onion and garlic, cook in fat on medium heat until soft. Add chilli paste.
- Add chorizo, stir until completely cooked.
- Add plantains, stir.
- Add mussels, wine, fish stock and vinegar, reduce until a thick sauce is formed.
- Serve with greens and salsa criolla, garnish with coriander.