The monthly recipe for June is a fairly easy-to-make snack food that is guaranteed to please!
Boulani can be deep-fried, air-fried, or baked, whichever you prefer. Virginia-grown potatoes, herbs and green onions can be found at the market this time of year! Locally and responsibly raised beef/meat is available at the Suffolk Farmers' Market throughout the market season.
Boulani (Meat and Potato packets)
• 1 ½ teaspoons salt
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
• 4 chopped green onions, green leaf only
• 1 cup of mashed potatoes (fresh preferred!)
• 1 lb of ground beef (or meat substitute)
• ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
• ½ teaspoon of ground coriander
• ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
• 1 package of square wonton wrappers or egg roll wrappers
• Vegetable oil (if deep-frying)
1. Add cayenne pepper, cilantro, green onions, and ½ teaspoon of salt to the mashed potatoes. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium heat.
2. Brown beef with ground coriander, black pepper, and the remaining teaspoon of salt in the heated skillet.
3. Mix ground beef and mashed potatoes and let cool.
4. Place a spoonful of beef and potato filling in the middle of a wonton wrapper. Wet the edges with a bit water and fold edges over into a triangle*. Cross over the points of the triangle and press to seal. Flatten the triangle by hand.
*You can also use a water-cornstarch solution to seal it, similar to making dumplings.
5. If deep-frying, heat half an inch of oil in the skillet and fry boulani in batches until they are golden-brown on both sides (4-5 minutes). Do not let them touch each other when frying. If baking, bake boulani in an oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until golden-brown, turning over halfway through.
6. Serve warm and remember you’re still eating healthy(ish)!
Recipe Credit: Traditional Afghanistan recipe