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It’s Saturday! I can’t believe how fast this week flew by. It just seemed like I blinked and it was the weekend. This is one of my more boring weekends though, because Mikey works. Our “weekend” really begins on Monday this week (he is off Monday and Tuesday!). We will probably go out to breakfast at a French bakery that we love around here either day. This Monday should be fun, because we have a little Millionaire’s Row cruise in downtown Miami. It’s a little hour and a half long cruise through Biscayne where we will get to see all the homes of the rich and famous who have homes down here from the water! I am so excited! :)
Anyway, one thing we used to do before going to that French place for breakfast, was going to a Cuban bakery. There, we would get different things like “empanadas” and “tequeños.” Every now and then, we would get a “pan de bono” or “papa rellena.” Those are some of my favorites! The other day, I was thinking about what I could make that was different and original when some friends were coming over, and I decided I would go with something Cuban (I don’t usually do this).
This recipe, although new to many of you, is something that is so common down here in Miami. No matter what bakery you walk in to, I assure you, they will have “papa rellena.” The literal meaning of this is “stuffed potato” and that is exactly what it is. It is basically a big mashed potato ball that is stuffed with “piccadillo”(ground beef).
The mashed potato is typically a little dry whereas the ground beef is very juicy and just spills all over the potato when you take a bite. These potato balls are rolled in egg wash and breadcrumbs and then deep fried to golden perfection. Growing up, I remember watching my grandma make these, but I never tried them myself. I always bought one if I felt like having it.
Well, the other day, I had made a ground turkey “piccadillo” and decided I would make a basic mashed potato recipe and stuff them! It was so incredibly easy, guys! I also had some leftover chicken salad and made some with that. And my favorite variation? I cut up some mozzarella cheese sticks and stuffed that inside the potato. After frying them, when I bit into it, the cheese just oozed out all melty and beautiful. ;) You have got to try these! If you don’t have an ice cream scooper (the style below), I suggest getting one like this! It makes it so much easier to make everything even.