This is how Puerto Ricans season their food, making or buying Sofrito. Just follow the directions and it will be wonderful.

Ingredients:

2 pounds potatoes

4 tablespoons of flour

2 tablespoons of butter

2 eggs lightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 1/2 cups cooked “Picadillo de Carne” ground beef (see recipe)

1-Prepare the beef. (see recipe)

2-Peel the potatoes. Cut into squares and boil for about 20 minutes or until tender.

3-Drain the potatoes and squash in a potato ricer. Add butter. Turn oven on to 375 degrees.

4- Mix salt and flour and add potatoes and mix well. Add the beaten eggs and mix well.

5-Divide the mixture in two equal portions. Place one half in a round 9 inch glass pie plate creating a border about 1 and a half inches to accommodate the filling.

6- Place the meat filling on the potatoes. Cover with remaining half of potato mix.

7- Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Change the bake marker to broil leaving the temperature at 375 degrees. Using a pastry brush cover the potato top with melted butter. Bake for another 5 minutes or until the top browns a bit. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Now for the filling:

Sofrito

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

2 ounces of cooking ham cut into small squares.

1 /4 garlic in powder or fresh is your prefer

1 1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of sofrito ( see the picture)

1/4 teaspoon of dry oregano

1 tablespoon of capers , chopped

9 olives chopped

1/2 cup tomato sauce

3 tablespoons of seedless raisins.

Instructions:

Heat about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and cook the ham. Add the Sofrito, garlic, oregano, capers, olives, raisins and tomato sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the meat and the salt and mix cooking at medium heat for about 15 minutes, moving it around once in a while. This is your filling.

Now about your Sofrito. You can buy it or you can make it. To make it chop half an onion, one tomato, one green pepper , 2 small sweet peppers. Grind or chop these ingredients together and you have your basic Sofrito. There are more complex combinations, but this will do for your first run.

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