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Nena's Papas Rellenas

 Nena's Papas Rellenas
A Cuban classic, these satisfying, crispy-coated potato balls are filled with a savory ground beef mixture known as picadillo.—Nena Linares, Los Angeles, California
10 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Cook: 5 min./batch


  • 2-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 8 medium), peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 pound ground beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced green olives with pimientos
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion
  • over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the
  • tomato sauce, olives, raisins, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon
  • pepper and paprika; heat through.

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Nena's Papas Rellenas (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Drain potatoes; mash with garlic powder and remaining salt and
  • pepper. Shape 2 tablespoons potatoes into a patty; place a heaping
  • tablespoonful of filling in the center. Shape potatoes around
  • filling, forming a ball. Repeat.
  • Place eggs and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip potato
  • balls in the eggs, then roll in bread crumbs. In an electric skillet
  • or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry potato balls, a few at a
  • time, for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Instead of frying the papas rellenas, you may place them on baking sheets and bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until heated through.
Nutritional Facts: 3 papas rellenas equals 224 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 615 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 13 g protein.