Belated Foodie Friday Freebie - How to Make Cupis #FoodieFriday

by Miranda Kay

Here are the Cupis all cooked and draining grease

Here are the Cupis all cooked and draining grease

Here are the Cupis all cooked and draining grease
Ground extra lean beef with the grain trigo that was in water overnight and drained
Some of the spices I used in the mixture
Cupis frying in the grease

Hey everyone. I wrote this blog for yesterday. We were going to launch Foodie Friday, but due to unexpected technical difficulties, I was unable to post this yesterday. I know its Saturday, but we are going to roll on with this post as #FoodieFriday.

I know I am definitely a foodie, how about you? It's interesting to look back on our family's diet when we lived in the United States compared to our diet now. Here, it pays to make things from scratch, big time. Fresh produce is ridiculously cheap here. If you want junk food, like a bag of Doritos, you can have that too, but it's going to cost you about the same price as you would pay in the US. I just bought two and a half pounds of fresh organic blueberries for 8 Bs, which is barely over a dollar.

I am dedicating Friday posts to be the new #FoodieFriday. I will show you something we made here and give the recipe. It may not always be a typical food, it may just be how we make our juice or certain homeade meals, but I will try to keep it interesting. Alright. Let's go.

We love eating fresh, making our own juice and totally from scratch meals. Yesterday, I made cupis. You can see a traditional recipe for them here. I will go through what I used and how I made them, I know it's not by the book but they still come out great.

What you will need:

  • Trigo grain, I don't know for sure in English what this would be or where to get it (sorry not much help)

  • Couple pounds of totally lean ground beef

  • salt

  • pepper

  • onion

  • fresh garlic

  • garlic powder

  • el completo

  • frying grease of choice


What you might want to add:

  • BBQ sauce

  • egg

  • mustard

  • green pepper

  • hot sauce

  • flour

  • cheese


I threw everything except the egg, together in a bowl. When adding the spices, season the mixture like you would a meatloaf. I love to add BBQ sauce, mustard and other tangy flavors to the mix. I always recommend heavy garlic, and using fresh garlic cloves to reap the benefits. I use a cheese shredder for the garlic and I also use the shredder for my onion. Green pepper would also taste good in this recipe.

Once it's all mixed up, start heating up your grease. Hever you would deep fry food will work for Cupis. Make little balls out of the mixture, like you would make little cookie balls, or shape them; however, I shaped them like chicken nuggets once and my son ate them thinking they were chicken nuggets. Put them in the grease and allow them to cook for a while, perhaps 10 minutes or until dark golden brown. Remove and drain.

I have made these a couple days in a row now, and today I am going to add flour to the mix to make them stick together just a little better and add some bulk to them.

I never read the recipe on how to technically make these, this is just how I throw them together and they come out excellent.

I have made these with shredded cheese all through them and spiced them like you would spaghetti and used them for meatballs in spaghetti. I have also made them more like hush puppies with much more grain, onion and sugar. Have you ever made cupis? If you are living here in Bolivia, what kind of dishes do you like to make?

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Jan 24, 2015
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Kupis?
by: Miranda Kay

Other people might spell it with a k - kupis

Jan 24, 2015
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not sure...
by: Miranda Kay

This is the type of wheat used,

Trigo triturado fino - I think its like a blend

not sure what exactly cupis means, but it must be Spanish as this an Argentian food.

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What does cupis mean?
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What does the word cupis mean? What language is it?

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Trigo is wheat
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Trigo means wheat, so wheat kernels or berries. Unless you used the flaky trigo, in which case that would be wheat germ.

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