The Burger Beast’s Cuban Frita Recipe
- 1 lb. of ground beef (I’d go with an 80/20 mix)
- 1/4 cup milk (don’t even think about skim milk, if you are, go eat a veggie burger)
- 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 small onion to be minced, and one to be diced for topping the fritas
- 2 potatoes or canned potato sticks if you’re feeling lazy
- 6 Cuban rolls (they might not be readily available where you live but this adds.)
Step 1: Dump the breadcrumbs into the milk and let them sit while you prepare the ground beef.
We’re looking for the breadcrumbs to absorb the milk.
Step 2: This step can be skipped over if you’re going to used canned potato sticks. For authenticity you need to get the potatoes and julienne cut them but really tiny. A mandolin slicer might be your best bet for achieving this unless you’re a master with your blade. Once chopped up, fry them up like you would french fries. You don’t need to salt them but you might want to make extra to serve as a side dish.
Step 3: You’re gonna need a large bowl for this. You want to start by beating the egg. Toss in the ground beef, minced onions, salt, pepper, paprika and the breadcrumb/milk mixture. Mix this puppy up, using your hands would probably be best.
Step 4: Once combined, you should make 6 meatballs, then cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours. We need the flavors to gel.
Step 5: Heat up your pan to right between medium and high (really depends on your stove so you should know best). You’re going to want to use very little oil but they may stick so keep a watchful eye. Once you get the meatballs on there, you’ll need to pound them down into patty form. Ridiculous but true. They have to be cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
Step 6: While they’re being cooked slice your Cuban rolls in half and prepare for the arrival of the Frita.
Step 7: Some people like going with the diced onions under the Frita and some over, it’s your choice. I like to have the diced onions right on the Frita followed by ketchup and then the julienne potatoes, in that order. I didn’t mention ketchup in the ingredients portion but I figure everyone has some.
Step 8: Don’t be a poseur and add cheese. OK, add cheese, it tastes pretty good but appreciate the original.