Peruvian Cuisine: Potatoes Huancaina Style (Papas a La Huancaina)


The second dish which Erika shared with us is called Potatoes Huancaina Style (Papas a La Huancaina).  It has a few similar ingredients as in the Chicken in Aji Sauce recipe. You can kill two birds with one stone for these dishes, i.e. prepare 2 dishes with common ingredients which helps to reduce preparation time.

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The Potatoes Huancaina Style is relatively salty because we use feta cheese.  You can reduce the saltiness by using a mixture of ricotta or cottage cheese with feta cheese.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 5 aji amarillo fresco or fresh yellow aji peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 3/4 cups (400g) farmers cheese (ricotta, cottage, or feta)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • 4 Spanish olives, pitted and cut in halves or quarters
  • 2.2 lbs (1 kg) yellow flesh potatoes, boiled, peeled and sliced (use white potatoes if not available)
  • lettuce for plating
  • salt and pepper to taste

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For this recipe, Erika used the Aji peppers in whole in a jar. Under normal circumstances, canned peppers tend to be hotter than fresh ones. Erika shared with us tips on how to reduce the heat of the peppers, especially if you are serving the dish for children. For those who cant find the aji peppers, you can replace it with sweet yellow peppers.

Instructions

Potatoes-Huancaina-Style-3-300x200Kitchen gloves is highly recommended for this task.  Remove the seeds and veins from the aji peppers and wash well with water rubbing one against the other.
Potatoes-Huancaina-Style-4-300x200Boil the jarred aji peppers in sweetened water for a few minutes (i.e. water with added sugar) to reduce the heat of the peppers.
Potatoes-Huancaina-Style-5-300x200Remove the skin and cut into smaller pieces.
Potatoes-Huancaina-Style-6-300x200In a medium skillet, stir fry the aji, whole garlic cloves with some oil until they are tender.  Remove the garlic cloves.
Potatoes-Huancaina-Style-7-300x200Place the aji mixture in a blender.  Crumble the feta cheese and add to the mixture.

Add some oil and blend the mixture until smooth.

Potatoes-Huancaina-Style-11-200x300You can add some milk if you do not want to use so much oil.  If the mixture becomes too liquidy, you can add some crakers to thicken it.
Potatoes-Huancaina-Style-12-200x300To serve, arrange the sliced potatoes on a bed of lettuce on a platter.  Pour the sauce over the potatoes.  Garnish with sliced hardboiled eggs and olives.

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