PERUVIAN POTATOES

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This is a delicious and tasty Peruvian potato dish. Variations of it are also served in other parts of Latin America. It is typically served as a cold entrée or appetizer. A cheese and herb sauce is poured over boiled and peeled potatoes. The cheese and herbs are ground in a "batan" which is a hand operated grinding stone (mortar and pestle) and a tool found in most Peruvian households. This recipe substitutes the batan with a blender.

  •  6 potatoes
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 pound feta cheese or queso fresco
  • 1 green onion
  • Pepper or aji to taste
  • ½ tsp. tumeric
  • ½ cup milk
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • Black olives
  • Red onions (thinly sliced and marinated in water and vinegar)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Boil the potatoes unpeeled. When they are done cooking, peel and mash them. Mix the lime, 3 tablespoons oil, 1 minced garlic clove, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the mixture to the potatoes and mix thoroughly. Using your hands, make balls of potatoes and let them chill. 
  2. In a blender add feta cheese, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 garlic clove, and onions. Blend adding milk a little at a time. Continue adding milk until the mixture is as thick as a creamy dressing.  Add the turmeric and pepper or aji to taste.  
  3. Place potatoes on a large platter or in individual servings and drizzle dressing on top.  
  4. Before serving, garnish the plate with lettuce, hard-boiled egg slices, olives, and red onions. 

Makes 6 servings

 
 

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