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