Potato Pillows

January 21, 2015
4 Ratings
  • Makes 12 pillows
Author Notes

Potato pillows or known in my childhood as “Tortitas de Papa” were a welcome dish when coming back from school. This recipe is made with white potatoes and cheese, fried and then served on a sweet tomato broth with scallions.

See my original recipe at: —Adriana Martin

What You'll Need
  • 4 pieces big white potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheeses
  • 1 piece egg
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup frying oil (can be peanut oil or canola)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 teaspoon salt or could replace with a chicken cube bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Fresh cut green onions or scallions to garnish
  1. 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 and place inside the fridge.
  2. When the potato pure is cold add the cheese, cornstarch, seasonings and the egg and combine well using your hands.
  3. Form small balls and then turn them into pillows, samll cakes or tortitas
  4. In a skillet add canola oil and fry each pillow until getting a golden color on both sides. Place the fried cakes on a plate with a paper napkin to remove excess oil.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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2 Reviews

Adriana M. January 21, 2015
Thanks Kim, this is very easy and a recipe I grew up with in Mexico my home country. It is homey and easy to make.
Kim O. January 21, 2015
Woh, I've never seen anything like this before - I can't wait to try it!