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Alcapurrias

Alcapurrias Recipe (Puerto Rican stuffed fritters)

(Puerto Rican stuffed fritters)

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Say the word "alcapurrias," and most Puerto Ricans think "beach food." These scrumptious fritters are usually made with a batter of taro (yautía) and green bananas (guineos verdes), and are stuffed with either a meat (pino) filling or with crab, shrimp or lobster. Sold by vendors on the beach, they make a great snack for hungry stomachs after a long day in the sun.

4 to 6 servings as an appetizer

Ingredients

  • Yautía (taro root) -- 1 pound
  • Green bananas (see notes) -- 4
  • Sazón seasoning (optional) -- 2 teaspoons
  • Salt -- 1 teaspoon
  • Pino filling (see empanadas recipe) -- 2 cups
  • Oil for deep frying

Method

  1. Peel the yautía and grate it on a fine grater into a large bowl. Next peel the green bananas and grate them into the same bowl. Add the sazón and salt and mix together well. Place the masa, or batter, in a food processor and pulse until the batter is fairly smooth.
  2. Cut a banana leaf or a piece of wax or parchment paper into a round slightly larger than your hand. Put about 1/2 cup of the batter onto the round and spread it out a bit. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of the pino filling in the middle of the batter. Using the round, fold the batter up and around the filling, completely enclosing it. Form the batter into a smooth, oval round and set it aside. Continue with the remaining batter and filling until it is used up.
  3. Heat about 2 inches of oil in a large pan or deep fryer to about 370°F. Drop a few of the alcapurrias at a time into the oil and fry until well browned on one side. Flip and brown well on the second side. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with the remaining alcapurrias.
  4. Serve hot with a hefty dash of hot pepper sauce.

Variations

  • Filling Variations: Try using crabmeat, shrimp, lobster chopped chicken or chopped turkey simmer with a little sofrito.
  • Masa Variations: Besides yautía and green bananas, try using plantains, yuca (cassava) or potatoes in your masa. Some cooks add a little vinegar to the dough. It both flavors it and probably helps to keep it from browning too much. Chilling the masa first makes it easier to handle.
  • Alcapurrias freeze well. Place them on a baking sheet and put in the freezer until they are frozen. Then transfer them to an airtight bag and return to the freezer. Drop frozen alcapurrias directly into the hot oil to cook.

Notes

  • "Green bananas" does not mean bananas that are slightly underripe. It means green green. So green they are a little hard to peel. They can be found in this state at many Latin and Asian markets, but you might have a hard time finding them at most mainstream supermarkets. Ask the produce section people if they have any in the back. Otherwise, use unripe plantains instead.
  • Raw yautía can irritate some people's skin. You might want to wear rubber gloves when peeling and grating it.

Videos

Here is a series of videos from YouTube that shows how to make alcapurrias. The videos are in Spanglish; the visuals are good.

Aprendiendo Hacer Alcapurrias con Mama: Part 1

Peeling the vegetables and starting the meat filling.

Aprendiendo Hacer Alcapurrias con Mama: Part 2

Finishing the meat filling and grating the vegetables.

Aprendiendo Hacer Alcapurrias con Mama: Part 3

A little music, a little dancing and then finishing the masa at about 5 minutes in.

Aprendiendo Hacer Alcapurrias con Mama: Part 4

Forming and frying the alcapurrias. Mmmmmm!

Comments

I love your mother she was having a great time and pops was cool... But I'm sorry I will never eat that Alcapurria... I'm sure your proud of mom... Sorry...

It's mean that you would go thru all the trouble of saying you would never eat THAT alcapurria. I really believe that these ppl made this particular dish with lots of love. She was clean, she was precise & she was incredibly gracious. You should be more appreciative. There is alot of effort that goes into making a video & this family made 4. You should try to be a bit more appreciative.

I'm glad you won't eat that alcapurria, that means there are more for me! This lady was very clean and very methodical. I enjoyed to finally learn how to make a real puertorrican alcapuria. It's only your loss. Remember the saying: "don't knock it until you have tried it".

Thank you so much for taking the time to make this video and post it.We live in Kansas. My husband is from Puerto Rico and this is his favorite dish!! It was difficult to even get all the ingredients. We were able to make Alcapurrias with this video -and my mother in law ( his mom) on the telephone in Puerto Rico giving her advise :) It was so much fun to watch this video. It made my husband tear up because your mom made him think of his grandmother. She looked like his grandma, dressed like his grandma and acted so sweet like his grandma. Your family was a gift in our kitchen tonight. Thank you and God Bless!

Your mom and dad was right on the mark. That is the way puerto rican pasteles and alcapurrias are made. It took me back. I can smell it from here and the taste. Wow. Don't knock it till you try it. DELICIOSO. GRACIAS MAMA

Hi I want to thank you for showing how to make alcapuria. It was thoughtful of your family to let me in to see how to make them. I went out to the store to get the products to make them. I did like you showed me and they turned out delicious. Thank you mom for showing how to make the meat filling. Gracias Senora y tenga una Feliz Navidad y Ano Nuevo. Thank you again for sharing your heritage and letting me into your kitchen to watch. Gracias

ME AND MY GIRLFRIEND ARE BOTH BORIQUAS STUCK IN HICKSVILLE MASS.. WE DON'T GET TO EAT MUCH OF THE SPANISH FOOD ANYMORE SO THIS LITTLE VIDEO BROUGHT US BOTH BACK THE DAYS WHEN OUR FAMILY WOULD COOK THIS KIND OF SABROSURA.. WE ENJOYED WATCHING IT AND WE ARE DEFINITELY GOIN TO TRY MAKING IT.. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS..

Thank you for allowing us into your home. You have a beautiful family. I was taught to make them a little differently, but am excited to try out what I have learned from your video. Happy new year to you and your family, may it be filled with love, happiness and good health.

Gracias por la informacion. Ademas que es bonito ver a una Familia unida, es una Bendicion tener a tu Papas contigo. Voy a tratar la receta, pues se cocinar casi de todo, pero nunca he hecho alcapurrias. Es una lastima que desde pequeños no ponemos atencion a aprender a cocinar con nuestros Padres. Saludos y Muchas Bendiciones.

I was spellbound by the Family atmosphere. I also related to the foil on the stove rings LOL!!!! Me to a t. Can't wait to try. I can feel the family dynamic instantly. Love it!!

I just loved your video and ur mom is so sweet I also loved the music playing LOL I made them and they were sooo good !!THANKS She reminded me of my MOM.

Las tengo que hacer, solamente que voy a hacer mi propio relleno version guatemalteca, yo habia visto en un progama que las hacian con hoja de platano o uva para no hacerlo como la señora lo hace que se ve muy complicado, si va a hacer unas cinco esta bien pero mas creo que seria mucho trabajo, o la masa se ve que esta muy liquida. Pero inmagino que quedaran deliciosas. Que bonito video y gracias por tomarse el tiempo para grabarlo.

This was the most beautiful loving family I have seen other than my own! It felt like I was there and at home. Thank you so much for letting us feel like part of the family. I cannot wait to make them myself. everything was perfect! mom and pop are beautiful people. I like that they help eachother. make more videos please! Thanks :)

Loved your video! I felt at home... wow...this is a full days work!!! Thanks for sharing...

I felt like I was in the kitchen with my Abuela who past years ago. Thanks so much for putting this together, I've been wanting to learn this fine art for years now. I'm gonna get my ingredients today and start making some!! God Bless..... Frankie D.

This was one of the most touching videos clips. It brought back so many fond memories and even brought a tear to my eye. Not to mention the home made recipy for alcapurrias which I will be making exactly as "La Dona"> May God bless you all.

muchisima gracias doña la receta esta al palo..ahora mismo termine de hacer las alcapurrias. riquisima quedaron...que dios te bendiga.sele quiere de grati.y a la senorita del video mucha gracias..

thank you for sharing the receipe i going to tryit it looks delicous God bless all your family

Thank you so much for sharing your family with us. The memories with my Mami and Papi came flooding back to me. I'm making them this weekend with my children and hope that they too will carry on the tradition.

Wow, this was a very motivational video. I plan on making this with my boys this week and this video really inspired me. I have a book with the recipe, but there nothing better than watching this being made first hand...thank you thank you...

Thank you for the videos of making alcapurrias! I'm going to try making them this week. Hopefuly I can find all the ingredients here in Virginia. Don~a Maria and Don Alberto thanks for letting me into your home. I feel like i was making alcapurrias con mami y abuela. :)

My mother used to make the best criollo (carribean) food. You have to remember that when you are making pasteles de yuca or alcapurias de yuca you must drain all the starch from the yuca after you have grated them. The yuca releases a lot of milky starch and if you are not careful whatever you make will have a sour or acidic taste to it. After grating the yuca my mother would place it in a small kitchen towel and wring it out. Alcapurias can be either made from green bananas or yuca (casava). The stuffing can be watever your heart desires such as ground meat, turkey, chicken, cheese. Some people even use crabmeat. Hope this helps a little.

I absolutely love this video. It is so heartwarming! It brought me back to my grandparents and parents time. I miss those days so much. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us. I am making alcapurrias tomorrow. God bless!

oh wow I think I am going to follow this directions, they kept everything so simple and trough the whole video I was waiting for them alacupurrias to be done so I can eat some lol ... I am boricua de dorado and I always said I want to try to keep my dheritage and cook more spanish traditional food. My kids are getting older and now I am ready to start to learning all this wonderful stuff.. I love the video I really did, thanks to the rivera family for this wonderful family video..

omg uu are so lucky to have a mom that makes really good food and thanks for this video i learn how to make my favorite food lol well tell ur mom that she a creat cooker and that she is the best to teach lol and she is very pretty lol well bye

it was really nice looking at your mom make the alcapurrias... thank you very much... learning to make them to sale them in the christmas season... thanks again for your hospitality...

I lost my Mom recently, but watching your video reminded me of happier days when Mami cooked the holiday meals for the whole family, and I was her sous chef in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing.

I use a small flat plate to form them. or form them in a big serving spoon so that they are uniform in size. forming them in the hand is just too much handling!!!

Senores!!!!! en mi vida.. ( y tengo 64 anos) habia visto "cosa igual"!!! Es la forma mas " chapusera" de hacer alcapurrias!! Que no lo vean...los "turistas""!! Por FAVOOORR!!! Por que le cojerian "asco" a este plato tan "tradicional" de nuestro Puerto Rico querido. Anti- hienico y poco profesional! BENDITO...no muestren videos de esta "calidad"! nos ponen "por el piso"!!

This is NOT how you make puertorican alcapurrias. I've been making them for a vey long time and have seen many people make them. You do not use taro. You only use taro if you"re making "alcapurrias de yautia" which ONLY with taro. I don't know where these people got this recipe but is not from PR. Also pino filling? I've never even heard the word pino. We call it "carne" which means meat.

Hi Zully! Can you please e-mail me YOUR recipe? I am Puerto Rican, born and raised there....but I was raised by my grandma and she never let me in the kitchen for fear that I would get hurt. I LOVE alcapurias, but I don't know how to make the real ones like grandma used to make. Please, if you have the time e-mail me your recipe.....THANKS!

What an awesome video! It made me cry thinking of the old days when I had my Mami. y Abuelita with me! This is a great video to watch and try to recreate with my kids! God Bless You All!