Garlic is one of the most used flavors in American food today, and even more so in Italian cuisines. There may be a reason why its so popular (and maybe not just taste). It can be used for so much more than fighting off the undead. So today, I did some research and decided it should claim it’s rightful place in the hall of fame known as SuperFood Friday!
*Note: None of the pictures in this post belong to me. Sorry. My camera was not cooperating with garlic pictures. Can someone say, vampire camera?
Garlic is not one of the foods that doctors say “Well it MIGHT do this…”. It has been tested and proven to fight against bacteria, viruses, and shown to have high antioxidants making it one of the most immune-boosting foods in the world! Its also high in vitamin C, B6, selenium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. So much in this tiny herb.
Now as gross as this may sound, eating it raw is probably your best bet. The antioxidant properties in it start to break down when it cooks and raw garlic is the way you would get the most out of it. Chop it up, mix it in a salad, and you are good to go.
But if you are not into eating it raw, there is a dish in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Its basically plantains and garlic mashed together and as weird as it sounds, it is actually not half bad. Guy Fieri from Food Network rated it as one of his favorite foods and though I am not a big garlic fan, a subtle hint in mufungo. Yep. That’s the name of it. Mufungo.
4 green plantains, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 c vegetable broth
1 red pepper, diced (optional)
2 tablespoon chopped garlic, mashed
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup cilantro, fresh, for garnish
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
– Boil broth and place cut plantains in for about 10 minutes
– Remove plantains and mash
– sautee the red pepper, and garlic in olive oil
– pour sautee pan over plaintains and mix everything together, mashing repeatedly until it is one big mixture.
– top with cilantro
So there you have it. The strangeness that is mofungo. I’m sorry I have no picture of it. I couldn’t find my camera the day I made it. But here is one on google that pretty mush sums up what it looks like.
But Garlic is an amazing food and though i am not the biggest fan of the taste, this is something i can truly appreciate.
What is your favorite use of garlic?
Garlic-Mashing Health Freax Unite!
-Andrew “VegMuffinMan” Morrison-