Monday, March 14, 2011

Daring Cooks: Papa Rellenas

Well ALMOST Papa Rellenas... The filling was quite different from the traditional but the process remained the same!  This ended up being a little ball of thanksgiving.  Next time gravy should be made.

1. The filling: The filling consisted of lean ground turkey sauteed with craisins, onion, dill, hamburger seasoning, and sage. 

2. The filling is then put into the potato "dough" and made into a ball.

3. Next the ball is rolled into flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. 

4. They are then fried in roughly 2 inches of oil in a small pan.  I used two spoons to maneuver them since they were somewhat fragile.  

5.  When they were golden brown I took them out and threw them in the microwave of all places just to heat up the middle to make sure everything was nice and toasty! 


The recipe: 

Some of the spices do not have measurements since I rarely measure! Sorry!

dough: 2.25 lbs of Russet Potatoes (about 4 good sized)
1 egg

Boil the potatoes and mash then set aside to cool.  Add salt pepper dill...ect.  Once cooled mix in egg with hands to form "dough"

The middle:
Olive oil to coat pan
1 T. minced garlic 
.5 mayan sweet onion
.5 cup craisins
.5 lb of lean ground turkey
dill to taste
hamburger seasoning
sage to taste

salt and pepper

1. I first sauteed the onion and garlic until soft.  Then added the spices.
2. Next I sauteed the craisins in the onion and garlic.
3. Last I added the ground turkey until cooked completely and everything was incorporated in.  (I also mixed some additional dill/ hamburger seasoning and sage in the ground turkey before sauteing) 
4. Set aside and let cool. 

When everything is cool set up your three bowls.  The mashed potato mixture should make 6 good sized Papa Rellenas.  

The breading:
1 cup flour (in first bowl)
1 egg (in second)
1 cup panko bread crumbs with dill/salt/pepper to taste.

1. cover hands in flour.  Scoop out first portion of dough and place like a pancake in hand with it indented in the middle. 
2. Put in some of the filling and gently close up to create a ball. 
3. Roll it in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. 
4. repeat until all are breaded. 

Then fry in two inches of oil (canola or vegetable is fine) until golden brown.  Then eat! This was a truly wonderful challenge!

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