Papa a la Huancaína

Huancayo is a fairly large city about 5 1/2 hours outside of Lima, Peru. It was the first city that I went to outside of Lima when I lived there many years ago. The drive is through some very beautiful areas in the Andes. Once there you can enjoy a potato dished called papa a la Huancaína.

Papa a la Huancaína

Golden potatoes are topped with a creamy sauce that is almost Holandaise-like, but it has a nice spicy kick thanks to aji amarillo. Aji is a somewhat-spicy Peruvian pepper that is a bit fruity in flavor. Papa a la Huancaina is topped with boiled eggs and olives and sometimes corn. It’s a great summer dish that can be served cold or at room temperature.

If you can’t find aji amarillo paste, use pureed habaneros. Papa a la Huancaína has a little kick to it.

Also try some of my other Peruvian favorites, lomo saltado, palta rellena and Solterito Arequipeño (Arequipa Avocado Salad).

Papa a la Huancaína
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Papa a la Huancaína

Golden potatoes are topped with a creamy sauce that is almost Holandaise-like, but it has a nice spicy kick thanks to aji amarillo.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Peru
Keyword Peruvian, potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 476kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 6 yellow potatoes
  • 1/2 cup aji amarillo paste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 soda crackers
  • 8 ounces queso fresco crumbled
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • pinch Kosher salt
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • black olives sliced
  • 3 eggs hard-boiled, peeled, sliced
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes.
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • Add potatoes and cook until just soft. Do not over cook. Remove, drain, and run under cold water. Drain again. Slice thick.
  • Place aji, oil, crackers, cheese, milk and salt into a blender and process until creamy smooth.
  • To assemble, lay down a few leaves of lettuce.
  • Top with the potatoes and drizzle heavily with the sauce.
  • Add the olives and eggs.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 797mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 858IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 524mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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