Vigorón is a traditional Nicaraguan dish made with yuca (cassava), pork rinds, and cabbage salad. The yuca is boiled and then mashed with garlic and salt, forming a thick dough-like consistency that is shaped into small rounds. The pork rinds are fried until crispy and then mixed with the yuca rounds. The cabbage salad is made with shredded cabbage, tomatoes, onions, and vinegar, giving the dish a tangy flavor. It is often served on a banana leaf or in a traditional clay dish and is a popular street food in Nicaragua. This delicious street food could also be served with delicious gluten-free diet snacks like tostones to add a special twist. If you are interested in learning a Vigorón recipe, we are here to help. Continue reading below to learn more.
What Are Tajadas?
Tajadas is a popular Latin American dish made with fried plantains. The plantains are sliced lengthwise into thin pieces and then fried until crispy. Tajadas can be served as a side dish or as a main course, often accompanied by beans, rice, or meat. They are a staple in the cuisine of many Latin American countries, including Nicaragua, Honduras, and Venezuela, among others. Tajadas can be seasoned with salt, pepper, or other spices, and are often served with a side of sour cream or guacamole for dipping. Vigorón is often served alongside these fried plantains, however for this recipe we will be using a variant of this by using tostones plantain chips instead of fried plantains.
Nicaraguan Vigorón Recipe
To make Vigorón, we recommend that you first gather the ingredients necessary for making it. These ingredients include:
- 2 lbs of cassava/yuca.
- 1 lb of pork belly or pork rinds.
- 1 head of cabbage, shredded.
- 2 tomatoes, chopped.
- 1 onion, chopped.
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced.
- 1 tsp of salt.
- 1/2 tsp of black pepper.
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.
After gathering these ingredients, we recommend that you follow these instructions:
- Peel the cassava and cut it into small pieces. Boil the cassava in salted water until it is tender, for about 20-30 minutes.
- Drain the cassava and mash it with a fork or potato masher. Add minced garlic, salt, and pepper to the mashed cassava and mix well.
- Cut the pork belly into small pieces and fry them in a pan until crispy. If using pork rinds, you can skip this step.
- In a separate bowl, mix the shredded cabbage, chopped tomatoes, and onions. Add white vinegar and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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