First things first, make sure you have your Picadillo ready for this recipe. You don't know how to make it? No problem, I have a guide dedicated for it. Go check it out.
Lets start with the main attraction our potato . Take your potatoes and steam them or boil them either/or.
When they have cooked, whip them or mash them doesn't matter, whatever tickles your fancy.
You see I'm whipping. I like to whip it, I whip it real good.
Put the potatoes in a bowl.
Add salt to taste. Make sure you can taste the salt.
Add the 3 tablespoons of flour.
Mix in the flour really well. We want the potato semi-stiff. After you have done this, put this in the fridge to chill for an hour.The potatoes MUST be chilled or they will fall apart.
Now lets make our batter. Put the 1 cup of flour In a bowl.
Add a packet of sazon with culantro and achiote.
Add 1/2 tsp of baking powder.
Add the water .
Add some salt to taste, use your judgement. No measurements here
The batter should be thick not thin.
Now before I continue, I must start by saying that this recipe is hands on and MESSY. Not made for the faint of heart. So if your not scared of getting down to the nitty gritty ,swipe the page.
After the batter has chilled, put some flour or water in your hands cause this will be messy and the mashed potato tends to stick to the hands.
I highly suggest if you have an Icecream scoop put it to use now. I didn't have one so I eyeballed how big I wanted the potato ball. With a scoop they all come out the same size.
Oh yeah, turn your deep fryer on and set it to 350 or 375deg it really depends on how good your deep fryer is. We will need it hot for later. U don't have one, no biggy just fry them in plenty of oil.
Take a scoop full of potato, Scoop some out into your hands and start flattening it down with your fingers until rounded. Use flour if needed. Add a tbs of meat in center and close the potato.
Take the 2/3 cup of flour put it in a plate and dredge the potato balls in it. Be gentle. Make as much as you want put them In a plate and stick it in the fridge to firm up. Easier for the next step.
Are you ready for what's next , it's going to be messy. swipe with caution
Here is an extra video tutorial on how to shape it.
Take a spoon with holes it's easier. I misplaced mine.Put your potato ball on it and drizzle the batter over it. Hey it beats getting your hands messy.
If you don't want to get messy, you can also go another route. Beat an egg or two, dip the potato ball in it then proceed in dipping it in flour or breadcrumbs and fry. Not my preferred method.
Take the spoon with the battered potato and put it into a 375 deg deep fryer .
See me do it. We must fry them in the deep fryer one at a time. If not they will stick. Move them around gently. I put a pce of foil in the basket, the batter tends to stick to the holes. Ugh
You don't have a deep fryer? no worries, fry them up in a pan with plenty of oil.!!
When they have cooked put them all on a rack to dry.
Will you just look at that,? Just look at it! A crunchy layer, a smooth and creamy interior and the filling OMGEE, to die for