I am normally not a fan of mangoes. To be honest with you, it’s not the flavor or the smell, it’s really the consistency. I think they’re “mealy,” and therefore they’re just not my tropical fruit go-to (give me a guava any day!). 🙂 But last night, I fixed pork tacos for dinner for family and friends, and Martha Stewart, in her infinite wisdom, suggested I follow her pork tacos dinner recipe with baked mangoes for dessert. Not one to argue with the high priestess of hostessing, I followed her advice – and I’m so glad I did! These took a little time in the oven, but they were so tasty! And since the weather turned cold yesterday evening, it was nice to tee up a warm dessert.
Baked Mangoes with Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas
For the Mangoes :
4 to 6 ripe mangoes (about 4 pounds total), peeled
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
For the Tortillas:
4 flour tortillas (6-inch)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional, but I highly recommend it!)
Bake mangoes: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice mangoes into 4 pieces; cut each piece into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Pour butter into a 9-by-13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Add mango slices and sprinkle with brown sugar; toss to coat. Arrange slices in one layer. Bake, tossing once halfway through, until mangoes are tender and juice is bubbling, 45 to 50 minutes. While mangoes are baking, prepare tortillas.
Prepare tortillas: Stack tortillas and cut in half. In a large bowl, toss tortilla halves with melted butter until well coated. In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place tortillas on a large (or two small) rimmed baking sheet; sprinkle both sides with cinnamon-sugar mixture, and arrange in a single layer. Place in oven while mangoes are still baking, and bake until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool.
Assemble: Divide mango slices among plates. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired, and serve with cinnamon-sugar tortilla halves, broken again in half.
Now, I know you’ve heard me complain about my lack of spoons, but it occurred to me yesterday that unlike the spoon situation, I actually have many baking sheets at my disposal. However, my baking sheets are starting to look really worse for the wear. Some are warped, and I think some of the “don’t put in the dishwasher” ones have in fact been put in the dishwasher. Short of giving everyone in my family tetanus shots, I think it might be time to replace at least a couple. Williams Sonoma has several baking sheets on sale, and I intend to take advantage. And since I learned the very best way to peel a mango is actually with a vegetable peeler (a few poor attempts with a paring knife put this lesson front and center) I’m going to pick up a new set of vegetable peelers too (Love the fun shades on these! And I think the orange-ish one is the color of a mango!).
Enjoy, and have a great weekend!