Monday, April 4, 2011

A Weekend Adventure

This weekend the girls of the youth group got together to make something called Pastel de Papas - or Potato Cakes. They were for a youth group fundraiser and while J and I did buy two - we should have bought like 5 they were so good. 
Now, I know what you are probably made potato pancakes, but alas, these are not them. Here's a handy little step-by-step of what they are and how we made them. 
First make sure that you have handy little aluminum tins to put the potato cakes in (this was early morning Sunday) and that you've done some prep work - ie, chopped some onions, cooked some ground beef, and peeled and cooked a bunch of potatoes. We did most of these steps on Saturday.
Let everyone take a look at how to put everything together...this of course is after you've made a big batch of mashed potatoes with those cooked potatoes I mentioned before (potatoes/milk/butter) and some pino - which is a mix of cooked ground beef and onions, cumin and some aji (See below)
We were making about 45, hence the huge amount of everything
Spread a layer of mashed potatoes on the bottom of the tin
After the mashed potatoes, spread a layer of pino, then a sliced hard boiled egg, we had a nice little assembly line going for this part!
The girls working away...don't worry - I was helping, not just taking pictures
Finally, spread one last layer of mashed potatoes on top, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on it if you feel like making it extra special, and bake for 20-30 minutes! Here are some of these lovely dishes pre-baking step.
Jordan and the youth pastor, Fernando, carrying the cakes to the church to sell.

We had a great time, they were delicious, and we sold all of them to raise some money for the youth group. All in all, a very sweet weekend adventure! 



  1. This sounds so good! The step by step directions and pictures will make it easy for me (a not-so-great cook) to make it. I will bless you as I eat it!

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how food is becoming a huge part of your ministries!!!