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Bomba de Patatas “Bombas”

February 26, 2015

Jim and I went to Barcelona last summer and loved all the delicious tapas. It’s a great way to try a bunch of different things at once.  One of the more common ones were these “Bombas”. Essentially translating to “potato bombs”. They are typically fried potatoes with a mean filling. I’m not one for deep frying so I opted for a baked version instead. I served this one up with our tapas themed party we had in January.

Bombas Assembly Line

Difficulty: Medium
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 50 min
Total Time: 1 hour 50 min
Yield: 15 bombas
Taste: Great


2 1/4 lb potatoes, peeled and cut up
2 tsp salt
9 oz mince meat
1/2 onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
5 oz chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp hot pimentón (paprika) or pinch of cayenne pepper
1 egg, beaten
4 1/2 oz fine dry breadcrumbs
Cooking spray


1) Cook the potatoes in boiling water until tender. Drain and mash, adding salt

2) In a frying pan, heat brown the minced meat, 5 minutes.

3) Add the onion, pepper, garlic and continue frying. Add the tomatoes and cook 5 minutes. Season with salt, cumin, oregano and pimentón. Cook, uncovered, until liquid is reduced, about 15 minutes.

4) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

5) Using hands, shape potatoes into 2-inch egg-sized balls. Cut each potato ball in half, make an indentation and fill with a spoonful of the meat filling. Press the halves together and pinch the edges together to seal in the filling.

6) Dip the potato balls in beaten egg, then roll them in breadcrumbs. Place on a baking sheet.

7) Spray each ball with a cooking spray coating evenly the entire ball.

8) Place sheet in oven and cook for 25 minutes until turned golden.

9) Serve hot or room temperature.

Do ahead: Shape the potato balls, dip them in egg and breadcrumbs. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze. When the balls are frozen, pack them into plastic bags or freezer containers. Completely thaw the potato balls before cooking them. Cook time may be longer when starting at a cold temp.

Cooked Bombas

Cooked Bombas



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