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Stuffed Potato Balls (Papas Rellenas)

2013-03-11

Puerto Rican Stuffed Potato Balls are great as a snack or appetizer or make them large for nice side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs mashed potatoes (hot)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons sofrito sauce (recipe below)
  • 4 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable oil (for deep frying)

Method:

  1. Mix together the hot mashed potatoes, eggs, butter and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Set aside and let cool.
  2. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Stir to break up the meat.
  3. Add the sofrito, tomato sauce, oregano and salt to the cooked ground beef. Mix thoroughly. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. Spread a spoonful of the potato dough mix in the palm of your hand. Make an indentation in the middle and stuff it with the meat mixture.
  5. Cover the filling with more potato dough. Shape into a ball. Dust the ball lightly with the remaining cornstarch.
  6. Repeat until mix is used up.
  7. Deep fry the stuffed potato balls until golden (about 2 minutes).
  8. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  9. Servings: Makes 12 to 16 potato balls.

Sofrito sauce

Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green peppers
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon annatto seeds (achiote)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 dash dried oregano
  • 1 dash fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Method:

Combine all ingredients in electric blender; process until smooth.
Cover and chill (or freeze up to 1 month).

Yield: 2/3 cup

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by John G on Mar 17, 2013

    Its called “papa reyena” …
    what it is, is mashed potatoe balls filled with ground beef. then its covers with bread crumbs and fried.

    I can’t seem to find a recipe. I know how to make it, but i would just like a recipe to put in my box… something “official”. I want to make sure i’m making it right.

  2. posted by Johnky J on Mar 17, 2013

    Does anybody have any favorite cuban recipes they want to share? I don’t care if it’s for dessert or what, I just love making cuban food (and eating it too!!) Thanks !! ♥

  3. posted by Seth on Mar 17, 2013

    Anyone know good spanish food receipes? I crave spanish food and am 6 months pregnant. If anyone knows how to make those little fried potatoe balls with the meat inside ID LOVE THAT!!

  4. posted by Lucas H on Mar 18, 2013

    In Puerto Rico and Spanish stores in the U.S. they make these stuffed potato balls called Papa Rellenas. While on the beach in Ecuador they were selling something similar to that except it was “flat” and filled with sliced hot dogs and cheese. My husband (Ecuadorian) said they were potato balls. They were very good and I would like to make them. I asked what they are called in Spanish, he said he thought empanadas. But they were not what I know as an empanada.
    Anyway, I would like the correct name so I can look up the recipe, the actual recipe or a link to the recipe, please.

  5. posted by mavis24 on Mar 21, 2013

    I need to know a traditional cuban dish and why is eaten or a favorite in cuba ?

    help pleaze <3

  6. posted by kevindiking67verizonnet on Mar 22, 2013

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2071/2438961897_a585ecf176.jpg

    they have beef inside them and mashed potatoes around them do u know what they are and how to make them thanksss

  7. posted by skillz on Mar 22, 2013

    its so good i cant ay it in spanish its papa something HELP PLEASE WANT TO MAKE ONE 10 POINTS BABY

  8. posted by Zanto on Mar 22, 2013

    I think its colombian or hispanic. It is shaped like a ball on the outside and has meat on the inside almost like an empanada but round

  9. posted by Michael on Mar 22, 2013

    In Puerto Rico and Spanish stores in the US they make these stuffed potato balls called Papa Rellenas. While on the beach in Ecuador they were selling something similar to that except it was “flat” and filled with sliced hot dogs and cheese. My husband (Ecuadorian) said they were potato balls. They were very good and I would like to make them. I asked what they are called in Spanish, he said he thought empanadas. But they were not what I know as an empanada.
    Anyway, I would like the correct name so I can look up the recipe, the actual recipe or a link to the recipe, please.

  10. posted by Scott Bull on Mar 24, 2013

    I need a list of things to try from different countries like hummus, sushi, whatever. I’m doing one of those themed parties, we’re going to order take out from different restaurants in my area with my girlfriends.

    Thai:
    Indian:
    Chinese:
    Japanese:
    Italian:
    Greek:
    Middle Eastern:
    South Asian:

    Thank you guys!
    I meant take out dishes that we could order, we’re having this whole Gilmore Girls Night, and as a tribute we’re choosing the top best places to order out from buuuuuuuut, we haven’t a CLUE what dishes to order.

    Thank you guys for entertaining me and my random friends lol.

  11. posted by Only Business on Mar 24, 2013

    Is tomato sauce an absolute requirement to a pizza? What if the flat bread has cheese, mushrooms, pineapples, sausage, onions, bell peppers, and all the others common toppings but without the tomato sauce, is it still a pizza, or is there another name to it?

  12. posted by JackReynolds on Mar 25, 2013

    I recently had these from a spanish restaurant and they were greasy, but delicious to me. They were these balls that had potato and ground beef inside and deep fried. What are they called and how can I make them?

  13. posted by Only Business on Mar 26, 2013

    I went to Portos (burbank location) yesterday with my younger brother and was just curious as to how much those little balls of heaven are calorie wise.

  14. posted by Phillip123 on Mar 26, 2013

    I need either a dessert,a drink(no alcohol),or an appetizer.
    Thanks

  15. posted by Xavier Hawthorne on Mar 28, 2013

    Im doing a spanish project and i have to find out some foods from peru and tell how its different from American food…please don’t tell me to go to wikipedia.org…please give me a specific site or if u kno alot about peru food, just tell me…thanks!

  16. posted by Oilers on Mar 28, 2013

    I am in spanish class and we were assigned a country. I was assigned Cuba, and I need about 6 different foods that are popular in Cuba. If you are familiar with Cuban foods please help me! I don’t want to turn in incorrect information to my teacher! Best answer will win! Thanks so much ahead of time!

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