Jason and I started this whole Foodie blog thing because of Food Network Channel’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (Triple D) TV show, yet we’ve hardly written about half of the Triple Ds we’ve eaten at. (Too much food, so little time!) But we couldn’t eat at Benny’s Seafood a second time without writing a few words.
Benny’s Seafood is a restaurant that was featured on Triple D in Season three. They are known for their mofongo, a Puerto Rican dish made of fried plantains, mashed up and mixed with pork rinds, olive oil and lots of garlic, topped with a meat of your choice, and served in a wooden mortar . If you’ve never had a mashed, fried plantain, it has a consistency like mashed potatoes but more dense and the fried bits add texture. Served on the side is a chicken consomme that is made with a strong mirepoix of celery, carrots and onions. They also offer a very hot sauce, the ingredients are a secret, but we do know it is made with seven chili peppers and some citrus.
We fell in love with this dish the first time we tried it so there was no question that when we were back in Miami, that we would hit it up again.
We started with one of their appetizers: 2 fried green plantains with conch. In hindsight, this was like a very mini mofongo, and delicious none the same, but it gave us the excuse to try conch as the meat topping.
I ordered the Mofongo con camarones al Ajillo (shrimp). Translation: Mofongo with Shrimp sautéed in butter. The shrimp is prepared similar to scampi with lots of butter and garlic, but this was topped with cilantro. The shrimp were cooked to perfection and crunched in your mouth.
Jason ordered the Mofongo con Carne Frita. Translation: mofongo with fried pork. This is twice cooked pork. It was crunchy on the outside but tender on the inside.