Papas a la Huancaina (Cheese & Potato Salad)

Papas a la Huancaina (Cheese & Potato Salad)

2 reviews, 5 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 35 minutes

Papa a la Huancaina is a cold appetizer or entree, a key dish of Criollan food (the food from Lima) and one of the most beloved. It is basically cooked potatoes served with a creamy sauce made with cheese and aji.


1 small onion; Thinly sliced/ringed
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 1/2 pounds new potatoes
6 ounces Cream Cheese; softnd/in 1/2" cubes
1/2 cup half and half
2 small Serrano Peppers; seeded and chopped
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
1 cup Bibb Lettuce; leaves
12 Greek olives
3 Eggs; hard-boiled; peeled and cut into fourths

Original recipe makes 6 Servings



Mix onion, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt and the red pepper; cover and reserve.

Heat 1" salted water (1 tsp. salt to 1 cup water) to boiling. Add potatoes. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and cook till tender, 20 to 25 minutes; drain and cool. Pare potatoes; cut into fourths. Heat cream cheese, half and half, chilies, 1/4 tsp. salt and the turmeric over low heat, stirring frequently, till mixture is smooth, 10 to 12 minutes. Arrange potatoes on lettuce leaves. Spoon cheese mixture over potatoes. Drain onion; arrange on cheese and potatoes.

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This is just great tasting. I can't stop eating it warm or cold, the sauce is incredible. Smooth and rich with a intoxicating creamy heat that just doesn't stop. The onions on top are the perfect counterpart to cool and add a sense of crispness to this dish. OMG I need to ask the girlfriend to make it again, Soonish..
ThePuck 4y ago

looks really good, great picture,cant wait to try it, CCheryl
CCheryl 5y ago

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