Spanish Potato Balls (Papas Rellenas)Recipe

Spanish Potato Balls (Papas Rellenas)Recipe
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  1. 2-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 8 medium), peeled and cut into wedges
  2. 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  3. 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  4. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  5. 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  6. 1/2 cup sliced green olives with pimientos
  7. 1/2 cup raisins
  8. 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  9. 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided
  10. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  11. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  12. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  13. 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  14. Oil for deep-fat frying
  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, olives, raisins, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and paprika; heat through.
  3. Drain potatoes; mash with garlic powder and remaining salt and pepper. Shape 2 tablespoons potatoes into a patty; place a heaping tablespoonful of filling in the center. Shape potatoes around filling, forming a ball. Repeat.
  4. Place eggs and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip potato balls in the eggs, then roll in bread crumbs. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry potato balls, a few at a time, for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
  5. Editor's Note: Instead of frying the papas rellenas, you may place them on baking sheets and bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until heated through.