This dish--created by Maricel Presilla, a food historian, chef, and co-owner of Zafra restaurant in Hoboken, New Jersey--was a hit in our Test Kitchens. For a vibrant color, cook the patties in Annatto Oil.
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 medium peeled baking potatoes, quartered (about 1 1/4 pounds)
6 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) shredded queso fresco or Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons minced green onions
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup diced tomato
1/2 cup julienne-cut red onion
How to Make It
Place 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and potatoes in a saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until tender. Drain, and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Cool.
Add cheese, green onions, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to potato mixture, stirring well. Divide potato mixture into 6 balls (about 1/2 cup per ball). Flatten balls into 1/2-inch-thick patties (about 3-inch diameter). Place on a baking sheet; cover and refrigerate 20 minutes or until firm.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place potato-and-cheese patties in pan; cook 5 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Turn patties; cook 3 minutes. Top patties with tomato and red onion.