Potato Pillows, Cheesy & Fluffy Delight

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Potato Pillows

Potato Pillows

Potato pillows or known in my childhood as “Tortitas de Papa” were a welcome dish when coming back from school. This recipe is appropriate for those observing Lent season. This is what you need:


  • 4 big white potatoes (could be Idaho potatoes if you like)
  • 1 cup of shredded Italian cheeses (Parmesano, Ro,mano, Mozzarella or can replace with Manchego)
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1 spoon of cornstarch
  • Salt & pepper
  • Canola oil for frying

For the tomato sauce:

  • 3 spoons of tomato paste
  • 3 cups of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt or could replace with a chicken cube bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • Fresh cut green onions to garnish

Preparation time: 30 minutes. You will need a deep pan for cooking the potatoes, a saucepan, a potato masher, a whisk and a skillet. This recipe serves 4-6 guests. Approximate cost per person is $2.50 depending on your local market.

Potato Pillows How to Make

Potato Pillows How to Make

Peel your potatoes and wash. In a deep pan place the peeled washed potatoes, add cold water and cover with the lid. Place in the stove at medium flame and cook until tender; when ready remove the water and mash potatoes until getting a smooth consistency. Place inside the fridge and let it cold. When cold add the cheese, cornstarch, seasonings and the egg. Using your hands combine well until you get a smooth dough and form small balls that will turn into pillows. In a skillet add canola oil and fry each pillow until getting a golden color on both sides. Place them in a plate with a paper napkin to remove excess oil. In a sauce pan add the tomato paste and dissolve with the water using a whisk, add the condiments and let it season at low flame. For serving add the tomato sauce on the bottom of the dish, then place the potato pillows and garnish with green onions.

This recipe is fun to make you can involve the children helping you preparing this dish that is easy and inexpensive. This is also a great vegetarian option.


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Author:Chef Adriana Martin

Adriana Martin is a Latina writer born in Mexico who is specialized in recipe development using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The inspiration behind her recipes is based on the culinary culture of Mexico and influenced by the Mediterranean cuisine and grilling which is one of her passions. Adriana likes to read about the latest trends in cuisine, learn about new cultures, travel the world discovering new ingredients and sharing with famous chefs. She is a wife, friend, step mom, grandmother and animal lover.

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  • http://www.lacocinadeleslie.com/ Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie

    We LOVE Tortitas de Papa! Especially during Lent, and the day after Thanksgiving.

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Many thanks Leslie for stopping by and for your nice comments BIG fan of your food blog too!

  • http://www.athomeinpleasantonca.com Isabel Garcia

    Wow! I love potatoes, especially your creative recipe! I have yet to try them! :-)

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Hi Isabel this recipe was my mom’s was a very popular dish for Lent and also my favorite when I was a child. As always thanks for your continued support!

  • Candy

    Wow! This is a new recipe for me. I will surely cook this for the kids. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Hi Candy thanks for stopping by I’m sure your kids will love this dish it was my favorite when I was a child too. Saludos!

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