This recipe is courtesy of Cocina Cubana club/Pascual Perez/Sonia Martinez. The following is served with rice or as a filling in the "Pastelittos de Carne". It can be made with ground lean beef or turkey.
This Cuban recipe came from the Tampa Times newspaper many many years ago (probably around 1990??). I think there are as many variations of picadillo as there are cooks that make it. This, however, is our favorite.
I had a live in housekeeper who prepared this roast. We called it Chela's Roast, but later learned it was Boliche roast. This recipe is a combination of a half English, half Spanish recipe I wrote down as she cooked the roast and a Cuban Boliche Recipe I found. The roast goes well with any Hispanic rice dish.
There is a wonderful Cuban bakery in Glendale, California called Porto's where I first tasted these. They are so delicious, and I was lucky enough to find a recipe for them in a Saveur magazine article about Cuba. You can't eat just one! NOTE: You only need 1 cup of the picadillo for the croquettes, so you will have a lot left over. The 6 servings apply only to the potato croquettes. You can serve the leftover picadillo over rice or make more of the potato mixture to make more croquettes.
This is a quick and delicious recipe that we enjoy at our house. We serve it with toasted baguette rounds, warm pita, and/or fresh veggie dippers. It is from "Memories of a Cuban Kitchen" by Mary Urrutia Randelman. Delicioso!