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Papas a la Arequipena

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Category: Spanish, Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 3 Chilies, ancho, dried,
  • -- split lengthwise,
  • -- seeded
  • 1/3 c Annato seed **
  • 1 c Oil, vegetable
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 2 lg Eggs, hard cooked, sliced
  • 1 Corn, ear, shucked,
  • -- boiled tender, thinly
  • -- sliced through the cob
  • 1/4 c Cilantro (coriander)
  • -- leaves, chopped
  • Olives, Calamata (garnish)


3 lb Potatoes, peeled, cooked,
1 Lemon, juice of OR
1 Lime, juice of

Salt, coarse
1 c Oil, olive
2 sm Chilies, split lengthwise
seeded, and chopped
1 Garlic, clove, peeled
1 1/4 c Walnuts (5 ounces)
2 ts Salt
1/2 lb Cheese, feta, Rumanian OR
1/2 lb Cheese, feta, Greek,
Pepper (to taste)

** Available in Latin American markets

Hold each chili with a fork over a gas flame, turning until
lightly roasted on all sides. Place the chili in a bowl with 2 cups
of warm water, and soak for 20 minutes.

Prepare achiote oil by stirring together annato seeds and
vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove
from the heat and cool. Oil will keep indefinitely, tightly covered,
in a cool place.

For Potato Mixture:

Stir 1/4 cup achiote oil into mashed potatoes (reserve remainder
of the oil for another use). Add lime or lemon juice and salt to
taste. Set aside.

For Sauce:

Drain ancho chilies, reserving soaking liquid, and place them in
a processor with the olive oil, fresh chilies, and garlic. Process
until smooth. With the machine running, add 1/2 cup of walnuts, 1/2
cup reserved pepper soaking liquid and 2 tablespoons of salt. Process
until smooth. Add half of the crumbled cheese and process until
smooth. Transfer to a small bowl. Coarsely chop the remaining
walnuts and add them to the mixture with the remaining cheese; salt
and pepper to taste.

Shape potato mixture into about 2 dozen 1 1/2-inch balls.
Arrange them on a bed of lettuce leaves, spooning a little sauce on
top. Garnish with eggs, corn, coriander and olives. Serve at room

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