Friday, August 5, 2011

Papa a la Huancaina

Papa a la Huancaina is a typical Peruvian dish and it is usually served as an appetizer. It just happens to be one of my husband's favorite Peruvian foods...and he doesn't have a drop of Peruvian blood in him.

There are many recipes for this dish. Even in my own family, my mom and my aunt make it differently. I usually make it my mom's method using a touch of Turmeric for color and health reasons. The last time I made it though, I used my aunt's method. Her recipe is very simple.

1 boiled Yukon Gold (or any other salad potato) per person
1 boiled egg per person
3 Peruvian olives per person (similar to a Kalamata Olive but larger, tangier and in my opinion, much more tastier).
1 large lettuce leave per person

Huancaina Sauce:

1 large container of small curd cottage cheese
1 tbsp. (or less depending on how hot you want it) of Aji Amarillo
1 yellow onion, minced
Salt to taste

Blend together. If you want the sauce to be very creamy, you can put it in a blender until smooth.

Serve as in the photo above.


Alexandra said...

I've never tried this. Looks yummy! I'll have to look for those olives.

Heather said...

Sounds amazing! I've never tried food from Peru.

Esther G. said...

Alexandra, I think you would like the olives.

Esther G. said...

Heather, if you like spicy, you may just like some of the dishes.