Cuban Potato Croquettes With Beef Picadillo (Papas Rellenas De P

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

These are great cocktail bites or appetizers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. First prepare the picadillo. In a large bowl using your hands mix beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic, olives, raisins, capers, tomato paste, oregano, cumin, allspice and some pepper. Cover with plastic and leave at room temperature for 1/2 hour for the flavours to mix.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and add the meat mixture with a splash of vinegar and a pinch of salt. Cook, while breaking up the meat frequently. If the meat starts to brown lower the heat, and continue to cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes. The picadillo should be juicy, but not soupy.
  3. Boil the potatoes until very tender. Drain and let cool slightly. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, peel them and rice them into a large bowl. Cool completely.
  4. Add the egg,flour and parsley and mix well (hands preferred!). Season with salt and pepper. Put the mixture on a slightly floured board and knead until smooth dough. Divide into 12 even portions.
  5. Shape each portion into a ball, and flatten on the palm of your hand. Each ball should be about 4 inches.
  6. Put a tablespoon of picadillo in the center of the ball and pinch edges together to seal. Smooth the packet into a round ball, and seal any cracks. Roll the balls in breadcrumbs to coat.
  7. Fry the balls in the olive oil until deep brown, about 6-8 minutes. Drain on a cooling rack.
  8. Serve immediately, or keep warm in a 250°F oven for up to 20 minutes.
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Thank you for posting this recipe. I gave it 3 stars because we didn't actually love it but I did like it. I made my own picadillo recipe since I love it so this isn't a rating for the picadillo itself. I found the potato needed lots more than 1/4 cup flour to form a dough. They were a bit difficult to put together but I found my own trick to it and managed. I just feel this was way too much trouble and DH loves my picadillo and would rather not have the potato interfear with the flavor. I found that dipping them in egg b4 rolling in breadcrumbs made them brown nicer but it was also quite messy. This is not for someone with OCD about keeping hands clean :-) Overall, good recipe but I probably wouldn't make it again unless requested. Thanks for posting.