Papa Rellena
Papa Rellena is a classic Peruvian dish of mashed potato stuffed with a savoury beef filling. And they even look like little potatoes!
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Makes 10 potato balls
  • 750 g (24 oz) potatoes, peeled.
  • 250 g (8 oz) minced beef
  • 125 ml (4 fl oz) beef stock
  • 40 g (1½ oz) onion, finely chopped
  • 40 g (1½ oz) raisins
  • 1 egg
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Flour for dredging
  1. Put the raisins in a bowl and pour on about ½ cup of boliing water. Leave to stand for 10 minutes, then drain.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pan of water and bring to the boil. Cook for about 10 minutes until the potatoes are tender, then drain.
  3. Mash the potatoes really well then leave to go cold.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and pepper and cook gently until soft.
  5. Add the cumin and paprika. Continue to cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add the minced beef and cook until the beef has browned.
  7. Add the drained raisins and the beef stock. Mix then simmer for 10-15 minutes until most of the liquid has gone. Season with salt and pepper, remove from the heat and allowed to cool.
  8. Once the potatoes have gone cold add the egg and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. To make the pappa rellena take a piece of potato slightly larger than a golf ball. Make a well in the centre and fill with 2 tbsp of the meat filling. Draw the potato up around the filling and make into a slight oblong shape so that it looks like a peeled potato. You should have enough mixture for 10 "potatoes".
  10. Roll the "potatoes" in plain flour then deep-fry at 180°C/360°F for 8-10 minutes until they are a golden colour.
  11. Remove from the oil and place on kitchen paper to drain. Keep warm until ready to serve.
Titli's Tips
Serve with a simple leaf salad and a dressing made from olive oil and lime juice. They reheat quite well if you have any left over after the first sitting!

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 200 10%
Calories from Fat 108
Total Fat 12.1g 18%
Saturated Fat 6.6g 32%
Unsaturated Fat 3.2g
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 15.7g 5%
Dietary Fibre 0.2g 0%
Sugars 2.4g
Protein 7.1g 14%
Cholesterol 36.6mgs 12%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.