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Papa a la Huancaina Sunday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. I’ve been out of town and rather busy, but alas things have slowed down a bit and I was up to some leisure activities this weekend. Sundays are dedicated to cooking at our house. Today we had a Peruvian feast featuring one of my favorite Peruvian dishes, Papa a la Huancaina or “Papa a la Wank” for short. It’s a dish featuring a velvety, yellow spicy cheese sauce poured over potatoes. In short, YUM.

Here is a quick recipe and some pictures I took of the Papa a la Wank-making process. Please note that having watched this made over the years by my mother-in-law and and having made it myself, I don’t have any exact measurements. I will try my best to put some in, but it’s been all instinctual up until this point. A splash of this, a dash of that. That’s how we roll. . .

You will need:

  • a blender
  • potatoes (about six)
  • one yellow bell pepper
  • one orange bell pepper
  • about four yellow aji peppers (from Peru). You can substitute with another hot pepper if you don’t have access to Peruvian aji.
  • one tablespoon olive oil
  • one quarter of a red or white onion
  • four gloves of garlic
  • a few dashes of turmeric
  • one package of queso fresco (white cheese)
  • 4 or 5 Saltine crackers
  • about 1/4 cup of milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
*This dish is traditionally served garnished on a bed of lettuce with black olives and hard boiled eggs halved and placed around the potatoes. If you are going to serve it this way, be sure to boil some eggs ahead of time.
  1. Boil the potatoes
  2. Quarter both bell peppers and poil in another pot
  3. In a small saucepan,saute garlic, onion, aji peppers, and turmeric.
  4. After bell peppers are soft (about 15 minutes) add them to saucepan and continue to sauté until everything is mixed and soft.
  5. In a blender, add queso fresco, the contents of the saucepan, milk, and crackers.
  6. Blend until smooth.
  7. Peel potatoes and slice.
  8. Pour sauce over potatoes and garnish with lettuce, black olives, and hardboiled eggs.


Making the a la Wank

Mmmm, yellow. . .

I was so caught up in eating, I forgot to take a picture of the finished product! This is what it looks like when done (not my photo):

Papa a la Huancaina


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