The challenge for Daring Cooks this month was a great one – Ceviche and Papas Rellenas (Peruvian Style). We have a small Peruvian restaurant near us that we go to occasionally and always are happy with the food. It’s warm, comforting and delicious (not to mention cheap!). We really like it.
I chose to tackle the Papas Rellenas, and I’m glad I did. They were really good, and BIG…one was enough for a serving, and the recipe made 6, so we had plenty of leftovers!
The only thing I did differently was make the potatoes the day before and store them in the fridge…this way, they were easier to handle once I was ready to assemble them. My friend’s mom, who is Puerto Rican and makes these often, gave me that tip…and it definitely helped!
Frank helped me out with this dish by taking charge of the ricer – a much easier task for a big, strong man like him (he’s going to eat up that shout-out). The one I borrowed from my Mom isn’t very big and takes some elbow grease, so I was happy to pass that off 🙂 Next time, he’ll also be the one in charge of forming them, since I now know that the bigger the hand, the better they get filled! Mine didn’t make it all the way into the middle…oh well.
These would be great with different types of fillings, too. We loved them and will definitely be making them again. Another successful Daring Cooks challenge 🙂 Can’t wait to see what the next one is!
Kathlyn of Bake Like a Ninja was our Daring Cooks’ March 2011 hostess. Kathlyn challenges us to make two classic Peruvian dishes: Ceviche de Pescado from “Peruvian Cooking – Basic Recipes” by Annik Franco Barreau. And Papas Rellenas adapted from a home recipe by Kathlyn’s Spanish teacher, Mayra.
adapted from Bake Like A Ninja
For the dough:
2¼ lb russet potatoes
1 large egg
For the filling:
2 tablespoons canola oil
½ lb ground beef
12 green olives with pimento, chopped
3 hard boiled large eggs, chopped
1 small onion, finely diced (about 1 cup)
½ cup raisins, soaked in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes, then minced
1 finely diced jalapeno pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced or passed through a press
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon sweet paprika
¼ cup beef stock for deglazing
Salt and pepper to taste
For the final preparation:
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
Dash cayenne pepper
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Oil for frying (enough for 2” in a medium sized dutch oven)
For the dough:
Boil the potatoes until they pierce easily with a fork. Remove them from the water and cool. Once the potatoes have cooled, peel them and mash them with a potato masher or force them through a potato ricer (preferred).
Add egg, salt and pepper and knead dough thoroughly to ensure that ingredients are well combined and uniformly distributed. Store in the refrigerator overnight if you can…the potatoes will be much easier to handle that way.
For the filling:
Gently brown onion and garlic in oil (about 5 minutes). Add the jalapenos and sauté for a few more minutes. Add ground beef and brown.
Add raisins, cumin and paprika and cook very briefly. Deglaze the pan with beef stock. Add olives and cook for a few moments longer. Take off the heat and add hard boiled egg. Allow filling to cool before forming papas.
Forming and frying the papas:
Use three small bowls to prepare the papas. In one, combine flour, cayenne and salt. In the
second, a beaten egg with a tiny bit of water. Put bread crumbs in the third. Flour your hands and scoop up 1/6 of the total dough to make a round pancake with your hands. Make a slight indentation in the middle for the filling. Spoon a generous amount of filling into the center and then roll the potato closed, forming a
smooth, potato-shaped casing around the filling. Repeat with all dough.
Heat 2 inches of oil in a pan to about 350 – 375° F (175 – 190°C). Dip each papa in the three bowls to coat: first roll in flour, then dip in egg, then roll in bread crumbs. Fry the papas (in batches if necessary) about 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Flip once in the middle of frying to brown both sides. Drain on paper towel and store in a 200ºF oven if frying in batches.