This time of the year I love making dishes that can warm your heart and soul, making you feel nice and cozy on the inside.
On the plus side, this is a very easy to prepare dish, not to mention decorative. You may have different fillings, depending on your taste. This dish could even be vegetarian.
This time I used a hot Italian raw sausage filling. I removed the casing and used it instead of the ground meat.
500 grams ground pork (or any meat you like)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red paprika powder
1/2 tsp crushed chili peppers
2 strips of bacon, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, grated or crushed
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, peeled, chopped
4-5 large potatoes, peeled, cubed
1 tsp salt for cooking water
2-3 tbsp. corn starch for potato
4 tbsp. corn starch for rolling balls
pinch of black pepper
pinch of salt (if needed)
2 cups of vegetable oil for frying
Instead of ground pork your may use ground chicken, turkey or beef. You may also use raw sausage meat by removing the casing.
Remember to leave out the salt if you are using sausage instead of regular ground meat. You don't want to make the balls too salty.
PREPARATION OF FILLING
Place oil, bacon and ground meat or sausage in a skillet. Sauté for about 10-15 minutes; add onion and sauté for another 5 minutes. Add everything else and sauté for 2-3 minutes and put aside to cool until needed.
Cook cubed potatoes in a medium or large stockpot (in lightly salted water). Once tender, drain and place in a large mixing bowl. Mash potato, add pinch of black pepper and pinch of salt if needed. Also add 1 tbsp. cornstarch. Add more if potato is not workable (sticky).
Spread rest of cornstarch on a plate to roll filled balls and to dust your hand to prevent sticking of potato. (see photos)
Take a large tablespoon of potato into your cornstarch-dusted hand and form a ball, then flatten into a disc as seen on photo. Place a teaspoon of meat filling in the middle of the disc and slowly start closing the sides of the disc
into a ball.
Roll ball into cornstarch, coating all over and put aside until frying.
Fry on medium high heat until golden (turn from time to time). Serve with your favorite sides, such as rice, potatoes, salads, quinoa or anything that you love.
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