Stuffed Potatoes - Papas Rellenas, Colombia Recipe

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  1. 1) Boil the whole potatoes in a pot filled with enough water to completely cover the potatoes. About 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. 2) Once the potatoes are cooked, take them out of the pot and set them aside on a plate to cool for about one hour.
  3. 3) While the potatoes are cooling, chop the green onions and tomato into small chunks and saute these in the butter (or olive oil) adding the garlic, cumin, 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper. We call this the “Hogao”.
  4. 4) Cook the hamburger meat in a frying pan with a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil until it is no longer pink. Do not overcook. While the meat is cooking, add the corn starch, the remaining salt and more cumin if you wish. Make sure that the meat turns out crumbly with no large chunks.
  5. 5) Thoroughly mix the “hogao” and cooked hamburger meat in a bowl and set aside to cool.
  6. 6) Cut the potatoes in half. Now we come to the tricky part. In other countries, they mash the potatoes and simply make round balls out of them. We do it the hard way in Colombia. Take each potato half and scoop the middle of it out with a spoon so that you end up with a small “potato bowl”. Be careful not too scoop too much out as you may accidentally go through the skin and the potato may fall apart on you.
  7. 7) Now, take the scooped out potato “meat” and cut through it with a sharp knife. Don’t use a fork because it may turn into “mashed potatoes” and the texture will be much better the coarser it is.
  8. 8) Place the potato “meat” in the bowl with the hamburger and hogao and mix thoroughly, making sure that there are no really large chunks of potato in the mixture.
  9. 9) Add the cooked rice to the mixture and mix thoroughly once more.
  10. 10) With your fingers, take some of the meat/rice mixture and fill the middle of the potato bowls with enough mixture to form a dome. In other words, shape the mixture so that it now looks like you have a whole potato again.
  11. 11) Heat your oil to frying temperature.
  12. 12) Beat together the large eggs, milk and the flour until smooth. (I add a little salt, pepper and cumin to my batter but it is up to your taste).
  13. 13) Roll each stuffed potato in the batter until well covered and drop into the hot oil using a slotted spoon. Cook until golden on one side, roll over and cook the other side.
  14. 14) Remove potatoes from the oil and drain on a plate or platter lined with a thick layer of paper towels on the bottom.
  15. 15) Enjoy! I like to use squeezed lemon or a mild salsa on my papas rellenas but they are delicious just by themselves.
  16. Hint: Sometimes, as you deep-fry the potatoes, you may notice that the batter may slide off leaving a blank spot on your potato. What I do, is that I use a teaspoon to pour some of the raw batter over the spot, carefully slosh some of the hot oil over it with the slotted spoon to set the batter and roll it over once more to cook the spot.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 263.95 Kcal (1105 kJ)
Calories from fat 79.28 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.81g 14%
Cholesterol 90.6mg 30%
Sodium 470.32mg 20%
Potassium 390.33mg 8%
Total Carbs 33.31g 11%
Sugars 2.87g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2.33g 9%
Protein 12.98g 26%
Vitamin C 3.5mg 6%
Vitamin A 0.6mg 19%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Calcium 43.6mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 165.14 Kcal (691 kJ)
Calories from fat 49.6 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.51g 14%
Cholesterol 56.68mg 30%
Sodium 294.25mg 20%
Potassium 244.2mg 8%
Total Carbs 20.84g 11%
Sugars 1.8g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1.46g 9%
Protein 8.12g 26%
Vitamin C 2.2mg 6%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 19%
Iron 1.8mg 16%
Calcium 27.3mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 5.5
  • 7

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

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