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Island Bites: Pastelon de Papas (Potato Casserole)

Updated on September 14, 2015

A pastelon de papas is a delicious baked potato dish. This casserole is very popular in Puerto Rico, but is also made in other latin countries. It has layers of mashed potato and seasoned meat, similar to shepherd's pie.

Traditional Puerto Rican pastelon de papas is made with picadillo (ground beef seasoned with sofrito, olives and spices). This recipe is a lighter version, made with stewed chicken.

Instructions

  1. Mash boiled potatoes with butter. Add garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and salt and black pepper to taste. Consistency must be thicker than regular mashed potatoes. Reserve.
  2. To make the chicken: Sautee onions, peppers and minced garlic in oil for 2 or 3 minutes. Add tomato sauce, olives, herbs and spices. Add salt and pepper. Let it cook for 2 or 3 more minutes. Add the chicken and let it simmer cover at very low temperature for 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and shred it. Meanwhile, reduce the sauce at medium-to high heat if necessary. Return shredded chicken to the sauce and mix. Adjust salt if needed. Chicken must be cover in sauce but not saucy.
  3. Spread half of the mashed potatoes in a previously greased baking pan. Add the chicken. (You could add a layer of your favorite cheese.) Top with the rest of the potatoes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake at 375 for about 30 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. Let it rest before serving.
4.8 stars from 9 ratings of Pastelon de Papa (Potato Casserole)

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds potatoes, boiled
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cubanelle pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 7oz can roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can tomato sauce or puree
  • olives, sliced (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt & pepper
  • canola or olive oil
  • breadcrumbs

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      Twila Nelson 4 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Thank you for a Yummmmmy comfort food recipe.

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      You're welcome. Glad you like it.

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      This looks and sounds super yummy! Voted up!

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks!

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Wow that looks delicious. I can't wait to try it! (I gather it has about a million calories, tho!)

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hahaha, thanks. I have no idea. We just have to think "it's just mashed potatoes and chicken" to feel less guilty. LOL

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very interesting recipe. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      This sounds very good. Voted up.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you!

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      healthmom 3 years ago from Ohio

      looks really yummy:) Voted up

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks for the comment, healthmom.

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      ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

      This looks delicious, the recipe sounds good. I will definitely try this :)

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hope you like it. Thanks, ketage!

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      stessily 3 years ago

      IslandBites, Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe which combines two wonderful foods: mashed potatoes and chicken. The blend of oregano and thyme sounds particularly tasty.

      Appreciatively, Stessily

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That looks really good! I love casseroles. Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a fantastic weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you, Kathryn.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The dish looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks, rajan!

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      tastiger04 3 years ago

      This looks fantastic.....I will have to try this sometime! Sounds so delicious :) Thank you for sharing :) Voted up and awesome!

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I hope you try it. Thanks for stopping by!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      This dish looks just yummy! I had to search what was a cubanelle pepper... and I found it with pictures! Great picture! It illustrate very well your recipe! I will try it :-)

      Thanks for sharing! Voted up, awesome and delicious :-)

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I believe cubanelle pepper are also known as italian frying peppers. Thanks for the comment!

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      Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

      Nice

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks!

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      James 19 months ago from The Eastern Bypass

      I will have to spare some time tonight to try this great recipe. It is a great one. Thank you

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      IslandBites 19 months ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks! Hope you like it!

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