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Video:How to Make Papas Rellenas

with Gina Miller

Papas rellenas are a popular Latin American comfort food. Learn how to make delicious and easy papas rellenas.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Papas Rellenas

Hi, I am Gina Miller with About.com Food and today I am making papas rellenas. Papas rellenas are a delicious dish that has been often referred to as the "Latin American comfort food." They are similar to the American mashed potato pancake, except there is a savory ground beef filling surprise in the center, and shaped to look like a baked potato, then fried. It wouldn't be "comfort food" if it wasn't fried. Serve this dish with ketchup and your kids will love this dish.

Ingredients for Papas Rellenas

To make Papas Rellenas, you will need the following ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup yellow raisins
  • 6 small med size potatoes/peeled, cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 raw egg beaten
  • Flour for dusting
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of minced jalapeno peppers are optional

Prepare the Papas Rellenas

This recipe will make approximately 6 papas rellenas. To begin, make your favorite mashed potato recipe the night before, if possible. You will want the mashed potatoes completely cold to touch and taste, before proceeding with the recipe.

Cook the Filling for the Papas Rellenas

To prepare the beef filling for the papas rellenas, place the raisins in a small bowl and pour 1 cup boiling water over them. Let them soak for 10 minutes and place aside. Saute the onions, garlic, and peppers in the vegetable oil until soft and fragrant. Add the cumin and chili powder and cook 2 minutes more, stirring. Now add the ground beef and cook until thoroughly brown. Drain the raisins and add them to the ground beef. Add the beef broth and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes more, until most of the liquid is gone. Season mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Remove beef mixture from the heat and let cool.

Make the Papas Rellenas

Now take your cold mashed potatoes and add a beaten egg rapidly into the mashed potatoes, until completely absorbed. Now you are ready to shape the papas rellenas and prepare for frying. With floured hands, place about 1/4 cup of mashed potatoes in one hand, and make a well in the center. Fill the well with 1-2 tablespoons of the beef mixture. Mold the potatoes around the beef, adding more potatoes if necessary, and shape the whole thing into an oblong potato shape, about the size of a small baked potato. Repeat this process with the rest of the mashed potatoes. When finished, coat each stuffed papas rellenas with flour.

Fry the Papas Rellenas

In a deep skillet or deep fat fryer, heat 2 inches of oil to 360 degrees. Fry the papa rellenas in batches until they are golden brown. Drain them on a plate lined with paper towels. Keep the potatoes warm in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve. These are incredibly delicious Latin American comfort food. Thank you for watching, and for more information visit us online at About.com.
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