Caribbean Recipes – Alcapurrias

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Fri. Feb. 7, 2020: Alcapurrias are is a unique Caribbean dish popular in Puerto Rico where it is eaten as a snack or an appetizer. This stuffed fritter is most commonly served in roadside stands and in cafeterias that specialize in fried snacks. Here’s how you can make it at home.
4-lbs malanga root (available in most Latin Supermarkets in North America)
3 green plantains
1 package seasoning with achiote (annatto), to taste
Salt to taste
Oil to fry 15 stuffed Alcapurriasare
1-lb ground beef
2 tablespoons sofrito
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 bell pepper, diced
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In a medium-sized skillet, add the sofrito, salt, bell pepper and sauté for a few minutes.

Add the ground beef and stir to evenly break-up the meat.

Let cook until the beef is no longer pink and remove from heat. Set aside and let cool.

Next peel the plantains and the malanga.

Use a food processor to grate these ingredients, then mix until a smooth dough forms.

Then add in the seasoning and salt to the dough.

Over a piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper paper, add a bit of oil to grease the surface.

Then place a large spoonful of dough onto the foil or paper.

Make a well, or small hole in the center and fill with a little stewed meat.

Carefully mold the dough to close the hole–if necessary, you can use more dough for covering.

To cook the finished alcapurrias, pre-heat the oil for frying.

Carefully place the molded alcapurrias into the oil and fry for seven minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

When ready, set over a paper towel to remove any excess oil. Serve warm.

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