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This is one Cuban snack that if you haven't tried it, you probably can't imagine what it is nor how it tastes! Instead of asking what the heck is it, here why not taste one? These can be made to a point ahead of time and frozen and they also make wonderful appetizers. Real comfort food! These have to be placed in the refrigerator for at least 2-4 hours, and if deep-frying the frozen method is best. This is a combination of a lot of recipes - a main contributor has been the cook at the "home".
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- 4 large potatoes, peeled & boiled
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- black pepper
- 4 eggs
- dry breadcrumbs (I use seasoned ones)
- flour, enough for rolling
- vegetable oil (for frying)
- 1 lb seasoned ground beef (picadillo)
PICADILLO (SEASONED GROUND BEEF)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 green bell peppers or 1 red pepper, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb ground beef (ground sirloin is best)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground coarse black pepper
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes (if you coose)
- 4 teaspoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- vegetable oil
- 2Boil potatoes until fully cooked.
- 3Drain potatoes and mash with salt.
- 4DO NOT ADD BUTTER, OIL, OR LIQUID.
- 5Let cool.
- 6PICADILLO (meat mixture)::.
- 7Saute onions and green pepper until onions are limp.
- 8Add the garlic, beef, salt, cumin, black pepper, tomato paste and vinegar.
- 9Continue to cook until meat is completely cooked.
- 10Drain off excess fat and allow to cool.
- 11Now, grab a handful of mashed potatoes, split handful in 1/2 and make each one into a bowl pressing with fingers.
- 12Stuff the indentation in each 1/2 with ground beef or picadillo.
- 13Bring the two 1/2's together and smooth to make a round ball, the size of an overstuffed golf bowl. (This is the size used for a snack/lunch).
- 14If your going to use these for appetizers make them a lot smaller, the size of sauerkraut or rum balls.
- 15Dip ball into beaten egg and the flour until lightly covered.
- 16Dip the ball again into the eggs, and roll in breadcrumbs to coat thoroughly.
- 17Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or you may freeze these for later use.
- 18Use frying pan with enough oil to cover half the ball at a time.
- 19Heat oil to frying time (375°F) and drop each potato ball into oil.
- 20BE CAREFUL!
- 21Cook 2 minutes or until golden brown on one side and then turn over & cook the same.
- 22If you have deep-fryer heat oil to 375°F.
- 23Place the potatoes in a single layer in the basket and drop into oil for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
- 24DON'T OVERCOOK.
- 25Deep frying is best when they are frozen.
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Nutritional Facts for Papas Rellenas (Fried Stuffed Potatoes)
Serving Size: 1 (94 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 24
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 145.6
- Calories from Fat 59
- Total Fat 6.6 g
- Saturated Fat 2.5 g
- Cholesterol 60.9 mg
- Sodium 193.3 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 11.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
- Sugars 0.9 g
- Protein 9.5 g