(also known as Mangoes Foster)
As we neared the end of our Mango Harvest (which officially ended Sunday, July 7th) we felt the need for some Rum. Dark Rum to be specific and maybe some rich Brown Sugar. We needed some Mangoes Matlacha.
To clarify, Matlacha is about the cutest Florida island town outside of the keys. Most of it is located on Pine Island, but about a third is right before the bridge. The colorful buildings, restauarants and artisans are strongly reminiscint of the vibrant island culture that one sees in Key West. We drive through Matlacha everytime we visit our grove, so we felt it was appropriate that the marriage of Mango and alcohol, in such a flamboyant (emphasis on the "flam") manner should be named for Matlacha. Foster just doesn't cut it in this regard.
We adapted our recipe from Meganvt01's recipe on Food52.
2 Fresh Mangoes cut into 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch segments (steak fry shaped)
(preferably ones with good texture, like a Haden, Smith or Valencia Pride)
2 Tbsp Butter (Earth Balance also works, for our vegan friends)
1/3 cup brown sugar (dark brown works best)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Allspice
1/3 Cup Dark Rum (We prefer Myer's)
2 small lime's juice (approx 2 tsp)
Vanilla icecream or frozen yogurt
Peel, clean and slice your mangoes. Set aside.
Zest and juice limes.
over medium heat. If using "real" butter, allow the butter to brown to a golden color. If using a vegan substitue or margerine, saute for a few minutes. If using a vegan substitute, you may need to add a few drops of oil to keep the mixture from sticking too much.
Add brown sugar and spices. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
Add mangoes and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Remove from heat. Add Rum. Using a match (or tip slightly so a gas burner can ignite it) light the mixture. Baste the mangoes with a wooden spoon or saute somewhat vigorously if you are "putting on a show." Continue to baste or saute until the flames are fully extinguished. Add the lime juice.
Serve over Vanilla Icecream. Garnish with Lime Zest and serve immediately.
Leftover Rum Sauce can be saved for further ice cream or French Toast (yum!)
Enjoy and Have a beautiful day!