Papa a la Huancaína (Huancayo-style Potatoes)

Papa a la Huancaína is a delicious potato-based dish with a creamy, spicy sauce. Typical food from a province in Peru called Huancayo, it's normally served atop a large leaf of lettuce, covered in sauce, and garnished with a half a hard-boiled egg and one black olive.

Papa a la Huancaína can only be made using a specific dry, white potato (papa blanca). These potatoes get sticky when boiled, thus they don't fall apart when sliced during serving.

Chileans claim that this dish comes from northern Chile—a rather absurd claim seeing as the name of the dish is derived from the area of Huancayo in Peru.

A variation of the dish known as Choclo a la Huancaína uses corn instead of potatoes, and is considered an appetizer instead of an entrée.

The meal is typically served with a small bowl of sliced onions in lime and salt, and/or corn.

Recipe for Papa a la Huancaína Sauce

  • Evaporated milk
  • Cheese (queso fresco)
  • Soda crackers (galletas de soda)
  • Yellow pepper (ají amarillo)
  • Garlic
  • Salt
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