Recipe by K9 Owned
Llapingachos are popular in the highlands of Equador. Potato patties filled with cheese and fried to a golden brown. YUM. They can be used as an appetizer, a snack or as a side dish. They are often served with fried eggs and a simple salad of lettuce, tomato and avocado. Sometimes sausages and a side of rice are added to make a full and typically Ecuadorian meal. Found on the internet and posted for ZWT 7 Note: Do NOT deep fry these! They will fall apart - the instructions are for pan frying.
Top Review by NorthwestGal
These were really good potato cakes! I didn't stuff them but instead just mixed the cheese throughout the mashed potatoes. It would be a lot easier to stuff them though, because the top layer of cheese melted during cooking and parts stuck to the skillet. Lesson learned - I'll follow instructions next time. But they were still quite good, and I'll be sure to make these again. Thanks K9 Owned. They were yummy. Made for 2014 Culinary Quest.
- 2 lbs potatoes (yukon gold or russets work well)
- 1⁄2 medium yellow onion, finely diced
- 1⁄2 cup of grated cheese
- 1 egg yolk
- salt & pepper
- 2 -4 tablespoons cooking oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Boil the potatoes and mash (You may also use leftover mashed potatoes made without milk and butter).
- Sautee onion in oil until soft, remove from pan and add to mashed potatoes.
- When the potaotoes have cooled down beat the egg yolk and mix in to the potatoes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Form into equal sized balls and poke a hole in the middle of each ball stuffing each hole with cheese. Seal.
- Flatten each ball in to patties and chill for 30 minutes (This makes them less likely to spread when frying).
- Add oil to a medium hot frying pan and sautee until golden and crispy outside and heated thoughout.
- note: You can also just mix the shredded cheese in to the potato mixture but I like the gooey 'surprise' in the middle.
- Queso Blanco is the traditional cheese used but Monteray Jack or mozzarella may be substituted.
- Prep time does not include chilling time.
- Cooking time will depend on the size of your pan and number of batches being made. 5 minutes per side seems to do the job.