Cuban Stuffed Potatoes - Papa Rellenas Recipe

Cuban Stuffed Potatoes (Papas Rellenas) is a very popular Cuban dish, you can serve it as snack, lunch or dinner.


  • 6 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tsp. salt & garlic powder
  • Parsley for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp. Warm milk
  • Picadillo  (you can find the recipe here)  The picadillo is the filling for the Papas Rellenas.
  • 2 eggs, beaten with 1 Tbsp. Water
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying


  1. Boil potatoes until they are fully cooked 
  2. Drain and mash the potatoes – adding the salt, garlic powder and warm milk. (do not add butter)
  3. Let cool. Grab a handful of the mashed potatoes and make a small bowl (about the size of half a large golf ball), making an indentation in the middle.
  4. Stuff the indentations with picadillo and bring the two halves together and smooth the outside. You should have a small picadillo-stuffed potato at this point. (Repeat until you run out of potatoes or picadillo)
  5. Beat the eggs with water until they are fluffy.
  6. Dip the rellena into the beaten egg, then roll them in the breadcrumbs mixture until lightly covered. Repeat once more.
  7. Remove from the refrigerator and allow them to cool down to room temperature before frying
  8. Fill a large frying pan with enough oil to cover half a ball
  9. Fry each ball at least 2 minutes per side, turning once – or at least until they’re golden brown.


Comments (1) -

  • Joe

    7/13/2015 5:25:03 PM |

    I have been wanting to make this dish for a long time...  Thanks