Papas a la huancaina (potatoes w/cheese and chili sauce)

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
¼ cup Lemon juice; fresh
1½ teaspoon Hontaka chili*
1 teaspoon Salt
\N \N Freshly ground black pepper
1 large Onion; peeled/thin sliced/ and separated into rings
8 mediums Boiling potatoes; peeled
1 cup Queso blanco cheese**
⅔ cup Heavy cream
1 teaspoon Turmeric
2 teaspoons Red or green chili, fresh***
⅓ cup Olive oil
1 \N Red or green chili, fresh; stemmed/seeded/cut length- wise into 1/8-inch strips
4 \N Eggs;****
8 \N Black olives
\N \N Bibb or boston lettuce leave

* dried, seeded, and crumbled; OR 3 pequin chilies, crumbled ** coarsely crumbled; OR substitute 1 cup coarsely grated fresh mozzarella or munster cheese

*** seeded and finely chopped

**** hard-cooked; cut lengthwise into halves In a large mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice, 1½ teaspoons of dried chili or the pequin chilies, ½ teaspoon of salt and a few grindings of black pepper. Add the onion rings, turning them about with a spoon to coat them evenly with the mixture. Cover the bowl and set aside to marinate at room temperature while you boil the potatoes.

Drop the potatoes into a large pot of lightly salted boiling water (enough to cover them completely), and boil the potatoes briskly until they are tender but not falling apart.

Meanwhile make the sauce by combining the cheese, cream, turmeric, chopped fresh chili, ½ teaspoon salt, and a few grindings of pepper in the jar of a blender. Blend at high speed for 30 seconds, or until smooth and creamy. (To make the sauce by hand, beat the ingredients together until they are well combined.) In a heavy 10-inch skillet, heat the olive oil over moderate heat. Pour in the cheese and cream sauce, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the suace thickens.

To assemble, arrange the potatoes on a heated platter and pour the sauce over them. Drain the onion rings and strew the rings and fresh chili strips over the potatoes. Garnish with eggs, black olives and lettuce.

Source: "Time-Life Foods of the World: Latin American Cooking" Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V3 #211 Date: Mon, 5 Aug 1996 00:22:32 +0000 From: Linda Place <placel@...>

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