Ecuadorean Potato Cakes With Peanut Sauce (Llapingachos)

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr

Unlike the other recipes for this, the peanut sauce makes it very different. In this month's gourmet oct o8, haven't tried it yet but can't wait to. (there is a recipe for annato oil on zaar too)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel potatoes and cut into 1 inch pieces. Cover with cold water add salt and simmer til very tender.
  2. While potatoes boil, cook garlic and 1/3 cup scallions in 2 tbs of annatto oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until softened about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in cumin and 1/4 tsp pepper and cook 1 minute. Add tomato and cook stirring 2 minutes.
  4. Add milk and bring to a bare simmer, then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until well combined. Keep covered and warm off heat.
  5. Drain and mash potatoes. Cook remaining 1/2 cup of scallions with 1/4 tsp salt and pepper in 2 tbs of annatto oil until softened.
  6. Stir into potatoes along with the cheese. Form into 8 balls, flatten into a 3 inch patty.
  7. Heat 1 tbs annato oil in a non stick pan over medium high, then fry cakes in two batches turning over once until crusty both sides (about 6 mins a side).
  8. Gently reheat peanut sauce thinning with a little water to creamy consistency if needed. Serve with the potato cakes.
Most Helpful

This is really good, The potatoes are delicious, but the star of this recipe is the sauce!!! I will be making it for other dishes, too. Would be great on pasta or rice, and on chicken breasts! I also used chili oil and paprika, because I didn't have time to look for the annatto oil. It is available here in some specialty markets and will get some for next time. Thanks for another keeper, Marra!

Outta Here July 19, 2008

I really enjoyed this dish! My DH loved the cakes, and I enjoyed them with the sauce. Thanks Marra! Made for ZWT4.

Sharon123 June 23, 2008

This was good although I wasn't fond of the sauce. Didn't need the extra oil for frying and after reading the reviews and making a different recipe of Llapingachos, I just shaped them into balls and watched it go flat as it fried. Thanks for letting us try this. :)

Pneuma June 23, 2008