Saturday, May 9, 2009

Papas a la Huancaína

Another great tasty dish from my Peruvian friend Jorge. Papas a la Huancaína is a famous traditional dish made by women from the town in Huancoyo, Peru. Boiled potatoes are topped with a rich, creamy and slightly spicy cheese sauce and usually, it is served either cold or at room temperature as a starter or side dish. This sauce is versatile, it can be used as a dipping sauce for shrimps.

Serves 6
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins


10 Russet Potatoes, peeled, boiled and quartered (New, Red or Yukon can be used as well)
2 whole cloves of garlic
2 Peruvian yellow chili peppers, seeded or 2 tbsp yellow chili paste (aji amarillo), or any chili peppers
400g Ricotta cheese or any fresh cheese
1/2 cup vegetable oil + 1 tbsp for cooking
3 hardboiled eggs
Milk, if needed


3 lettuce leaves for each serving
Black olives


1. In a small skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium-high heat, add garlic and chili peppers, until garlic turns lightly brown.

2. In a blender, add cooked garlic and chili peppers, cheese, oil until smooth.

3. If mixture is not soft after blending, add milk until smooth.

4. As a tradition, assemble lettuce leaves on a small plate. Lay half hardboiled eggs, two olives and potato slices on top. Pour sauce over potatoes and lettuce.


  1. Those potatoes look delicious! I have a good friend from Peru and her food is wonderful.

  2. uhmmmm...That sauce is sooo yummy :D



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