About these fried Cuban potato balls. More popularly named Papas Rellenas, they are basically mashed potatoes formed into a ball and filled with a seasoned ground beef (picadillo), the fried to gold perfection. After searching high and low for a promising recipe, I decided not to follow just one, but to combine my research and just go from there. Because I try to avoid the messiness of frying food at all costs, I decided to try my hand at oven 'frying' them, which basically means just baking them at a higher temperature for about 20 minutes. I didn't really love the turn out, but I think it's because of the Panko bread crumbs. Normally, I love using Panko for breading, but not with these. So, lessons learned here? Stick with regular bread crumbs or flour, and fry these babies. You don't have to have a deep fryer to do so. Instead, let them fizzle in a layer of oil that is only deep enough to cover half the ball, then flip once during frying. These take a while to form each ball, but once you have the plate full of fried goodness, you'll forget about all the labor.