Malanga is a root vegetable resembling a yam. There are more than 40 species, including some of the oldest root crops in the world.
2 lb malanga, peeled and cut in 2” chunks
1 tablespoon salt
1 small head of garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 tbsp unsalted butter
8 oz heavy cream, warm
Salt and pepper to taste
4 bacon slices
Preheat oven to 400 F
1. Slice horizonantally the top of the garlic bulb. Place on aluminum foil to cover. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour 1 teaspoon olive oil. Close well and place on a sheet pan in the oven. Place 4 bacon slices in the same sheet pan. Cook bacon until crisp, 8-10 minutes. Reserve for garnish.
Roast garlic until tender, approximately 25-30 minutes. Take out and reserve.
2. Boil malanga or taro root in a medium pot of salted boiling water until tender-about 15 minutes.
3. Drain malanga and reserve ½ cup cooking water. Mash with butter, half of the roasted garlic, and warm heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add cooking water to thin mixture if it is too thick.
4 Crumble bacon. Serve malanga puree with crumbled bacon on top.
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