As a child, I used to love when Mom made these savory and delicious mashed potatoes stuffed with spicy ground beef. It is pretty labor intensive I’ll have to say, but oh so satisfying. Call it what you will, potato cutlets, patties, potato chops, stuffed mashed potatoes, but they are definitely something you’d want to repeat again and again. I’ve seen other versions of this same dish in cuisines around the world. This Goan version is popular in Goa; Goa is the smallest state on India’s west coast. Renowned for its beaches and Portuguese influences, Goan cuisine is a blend of Portuguese and Indian flavors.
Basically the ground beef is cooked ahead of time. To flavor the ground beef, first, fry up some onions, with fresh ginger and garlic. You then add the masala and let it cook for a while. While this is being done, peel, and boil the potatoes till ready to be mashed. This time, I took a short cut and used a ready made Goan green masala paste called cafreal which is basically a blend of spices, with the main dark green ingredient being cilantro (coriander), this is mixed with green chilli, ginger, garlic, cloves and ground in coconut vinegar. Normally I blend my own green masala paste it is slightly different from the cafreal masala. The actual cafreal masala is very popular with chicken, the chicken is marinated in these rich spices for a day or so and either pan fried or grilled. The result is a tender fall-off-the-bone chicken that you can’t get enough of. The cafreal masala paste can be used on other dishes too like shepherds pie, roast beef, curries, or these scrumptious potato chops. Make sure the cooked ground meat and the potatoes are cool before assembling and do ensure that the meat is pretty dry, otherwise it would be pretty hard to bring together.
Eat as a main meal with Ketchup or Tabasco sauce, or as a side with some rice and curry. I’m bringing these to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #82. Our wonderful co-hosts Kaila @ GF Life 24/7 and Sarah @ Sarah’s Little Kitchen will be there to welcome us all. Happy Fiesta Friday.