Sunday, August 1, 2010

Colombia - Papas Rellenas

Papas Rellenas meaning stuffed potato are small round balls of mashed potato filled with seasoned ground meat and deep fried. Who wouldn't want to try these?


For the potato:

* 5 potatoes
* 1/4 tsp salt

For the filling:

* 1 tbls olive oil
* 1 chopped tomato
* 3 chopped spring onions
* 1 chopped onion
* 1/2 pound ground beef
* 1/2 tsp cumin
* salt and pepper
* 1/2 tsp garlic salt
* 1/2 tsp chili powder
* 1/2 tsp paprika

For the batter:

* 1 egg
* 1/4 cup of flour
* pinch of salt
* 1/4 cup of milk
* 1/2 tsp garlic salt
* 1/2 tsp chili powder
* 1/2 tsp paprika

Peel and cut the potatoes into 1 inch chunks. Add to boiling water with the salt and boil until soft.

Drain the potatoes, mash them thoroughly and then set them aside to cool

Put the olive oil in a pan, heat and then add all the other filling ingredients. Cook well until the meat is browned and all ingredients are softened.

Set aside to cool.

Next, mix all the batter ingredients in a bowl or jug.

Whisk them together so the mixture is smooth and well combined.

When the potato is cool. Divide it up into 10 portions. Roll each portion into a ball, flatten it into a patty shape and add a spoon of the mixture into the middle. Fold the sides over the filling and roll back into a ball shape.

Dip the balls into the batter and then fry in vegetable oil for around 4 minutes or until browned.

Drain the balls on kitchen paper and serve hot.

These were fantastic. A perfect snack. They're often served with a dip but they're still tasty on their own. The spices made the filling and batter slightly hot which was perfect with the creamy warm mashed potato. I'll definitely be making these again!

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