Brazilian Bolinho de Batata (Potato Cakes)
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A few days ago, my daughters and I were really missing Brasil. (Yes, it’s spelled with an S). We decided it would be a day that we would make some of our favorites and speak in Portuguese together. As we thought about cooking a favorite recipe, we knew we definitely needed to make Bolinho de Batata or Potato Cakes.
It was more than a time of just cooking and eating Brazilian food that we miss and speaking a language we love. It was a part of our grieving process; a time for us to bond with one another through our common hurts.
We just plain miss our life there sometimes. Yes, we know that God brought us back to the states, and we are ok with that, but there are times that we get overwhelmed by the fact that we are no longer there.
When we do something together that helps us remember the 10 years we spent there it helps us all savor the life we lived in Brasil, as well as seems to help us settle into the life we live here in the states just a bit easier.
We are missing our friends there a little more, but at the same time learning to more fully appreciate our friends here. It’s a mixed up life we live…..but we do it together. 🙂
So….we had fun cooking little potato cakes, speaking in Portuguese around people who had no idea what we were saying, and smiling at great memories.
Along with missing Brasil, we missed the ingredients that we could get to make a variety of fillings. Right now, as we live in the US and operating in the US$ instead of the Brazilian R$, we’ve had some pretty big adjustments financially.
Groceries are the area where we tend to cut since it’s the easiest to adjust. The electric company frowns upon not paying them each month…..go figure. 🙂
I stumbled upon a way to help us navigate this transition back to the states and be able to save on groceries. It’s called Grocery University, developed by Crystal Paine from MoneySavingMom.com. Stop by and check it out!
Ok, now to the recipe that is yummy delicious!
Making the potato cakes is a messy deal, but oh so worth it! Here’s how.
The Ingredients you’ll need to make them are:
For the Dough
5 medium potatoes pealed and cubed
1/4 cup of flour (plus a lot more nearby)
1 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
For the Filling
8 oz ground beef
salt to taste
pepper to taste
onion powder to taste
garlic powder to taste
1./2 Knorr beef boullion cube
Grated cheese of choice
You’ll Also Need:
Oil for frying
First you boil the potatoes in water until they are soft. Don’t let them sit in the water after they are cooked. Drain the potatoes and then put into a bowl to mash by hand. (Don’t use a food processor or they will become too runny).
While the potatoes are boiling make the ground beef filling. Brown the ground beef, adding the spices and the bouillon cube to the meat while you’re cooking it. Allow to cool when browned.
Get a pan and add the oil into it to begin heating the oil. If you don’t fry often, please be careful!
When the potatoes are completely mashed, add the 1/4 cup flour, the salt, egg yolk to the potatoes. Mix by hand until the dough is thick, similar to soft bread dough, but stickier. This dough is sticky, but it shouldn’t stick to your hands when they are floured. If it is sticky, add more flour and continue mixing and adding flour until you reach the necessary consistency.
Once the consistency is reached, spoon about 1/8 of a cup onto the palm of your floured hand and flatten into a round pancake. Continue adding flour to the top of the pancake to allow you to work with the dough. Keep your hands well floured. When it is about 1/4 inch flat, add a small spoonful of the ground beef mixture and a pinch of grated cheese to the middle of the pancake that is in your palm then begin folding the edges closed and shaping it into a football shape. You will get the feel for how much filling you should add the more little cakes that you make.
Once they are closed and shaped well, add them carefully to the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon and put onto a plate with a paper towel. Allow to cool and then enjoy with ketchup or dipping sauce of your preference.
Enjoy! And don’t forget to check out Grocery University!