Prep 4 hrs
Cook 1 hr
A delightful specialty from Equador's highlands, found in a book of "Inca country" recipes. Perfect comfort food! Makes an extremely satisfying meal with a good avocado salad...I guarantee you won't miss meat, and I'm a die-hard carnivore myself. (Just as good with low-fat cream cheese, btw.)
- 1 kg potato
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground annatto seed or 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 medium onion, very finely chopped or grated
- 120 g shredded mozzarella cheese
- vegetable oil (for frying)
CHEESE SAUCE SALSA DE QUESO
- 100 ml red onions, finely chopped
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- 500 g cream cheese
- 200 ml milk
- 1 ripe peeled tomatoes
- 2 hardboiled egg
- Peel and dice potatoes.
- Boil in salted water until very tender.
- Save ½ deciliter (about 1/4 cup) of the boiling water.
- Mash potatoes evenly and add boiling water, turmeric/annatto and chopped onion.
- Salt to taste.
- Cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for at least three hours.
- Prepare cheese sauce while mash is resting.
- CHEESE SAUCE: Mix chopped red onion well with salt and leave for 20 minutes.
- Rinse onion in cold water, then add lemon juice and sugar.
- Chop tomato and eggs finely.
- Put cream cheese in a pot, and add milk until the sauce is like thin mayonnaise.
- Heat slowly.
- Stir in tomato, eggs and onion, plus salt and pepper to taste--I add a little extra lemon juice as well to take some of the"heaviness" out of the sauce.
- Serve at room temperature or warm, not hot.
- While sauce is cooling, add mozzarella to potato mix.
- Roll the"dough" into small balls by hand, wetting your hands a little between each.
- Flatten balls into patties approximately.
- 1 cm thick and 6 cm in diameter.
- Brush pan with oil (not too much) and fry at medium heat until crisp and golden.
- Brush upside of each pancake with oil before flipping the cakes VERY GENTLY.
- Don't undercook, or they'll fall apart.
- Serve hot and fresh with cheese sauce and a salad.