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".
- 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
- Boil potatoes until fully cooked.
- Drain potatoes and mash with salt.
- DO NOT ADD BUTTER, OIL, OR LIQUID.
- Let cool.
- PICADILLO (meat mixture)::.
- Saute onions and green pepper until onions are limp.
- Add the garlic, beef, salt, cumin, black pepper, tomato paste and vinegar.
- Continue to cook until meat is completely cooked.
- Drain off excess fat and allow to cool.
- Now, grab a handful of mashed potatoes, split handful in 1/2 and make each one into a bowl pressing with fingers.
- Stuff the indentation in each 1/2 with ground beef or picadillo.
- Bring 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).
- If your going to use these for appetizers make them a lot smaller, the size of sauerkraut or rum balls.
- Dip ball into beaten egg and the flour until lightly covered.
- Dip the ball again into the eggs, and roll in breadcrumbs to coat thoroughly.
- Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or you may freeze these for later use.
- Use frying pan with enough oil to cover half the ball at a time.
- Heat oil to frying time (375°F) and drop each potato ball into oil.
- BE CAREFUL!
- Cook 2 minutes or until golden brown on one side and then turn over & cook the same.
- If you have deep-fryer heat oil to 375°F.
- Place the potatoes in a single layer in the basket and drop into oil for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
- DON'T OVERCOOK.
- Deep frying is best when they are frozen.