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Papas Rellenas

Papas Rellenas are stuffed mashed potato balls, popular in Cuba and many other countries. They are filled with picadillo, a beef filling, and then fried. They are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and absolute heaven.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, street food
Cuisine: Cuban
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 22 Papas Rellenas


  • 2 lb russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into eighths
  • Water
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ recipe for Cuban Picadillo
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • Sunflower oil or Vegetable Oil for Frying


Stovetop Potatoes Method

  • Place the potatoes in a large pot. Fill with enough water to cover the potatoes. Cover with a lid and bring the water to a boil. Allow to boil until the potatoes are easily pierced by a fork, about 15 minutes.

Instant Pot Potatoes Method

  • Place 2 cups of water and your chopped potatoes into your Instant Pot and secure the lid. Turn the pressure to HIGH and cook for 6 minutes. When the cooking cycle is complete, perform a Quick Release
  • When the potatoes are tender, drain the water. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes. Add the milk, garlic, salt and pepper. Use the masher to mash until the potatoes are smooth.
  • In your hand, use about 2 tbsp of mashed potatoes. Form them into your hand, in a bowl shape. Place a spoonful of picadillo in the center of the bowl. Fold the mashed potatoes over, closing the picadillo inside.
  • Whisk the egg in a separate bowl. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl.
  • Roll each mashed potato ball in the whisked egg. Then roll it in the breadcrumbs.
  • Heat the oil to about 375 degrees. Place each breaded mashed potato ball in the oil and allow to fry for about 2 minutes on each side until it turns golden brown. Enjoy


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