pastelón de papas – potatoes and beef casserole

My friend Gabriel Magraner from NALAC (Nat. Assoc. of Latino Arts & Culture) visited the area to prepare for the NALAC Regional Training that is taking place in Charlotte from June 2 to the 3rd.

Since Gabriel is of Puerto Rican descent, I wanted to make him something very popular in the Caribbean, Pastelón de Papas or potatoes and beef casserole.

This is a super easy recipe to put together once you have the picadillo filling and the mashed potatoes all made.  This is a great recipe to make ahead of time and put in the freezer to eat later in the week.

 

Ingredients for Potatoes:

  • 3 lbs of potatoes
  • 1/4 of butter
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.

Picadillo Filling:

  • 1 lb. of ground beef (I prefer 90/10)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • 1 small sweet red pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 10 oz. of beef or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of Adobo
  • ½ tablespoon of oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of pimiento-stuffed olives (optional)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of capers (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of raisins (optional)
  • Pinch of Cinnamon or Allspice (optional)
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