Peruvian Papas a La Huancaína (Potatoes With Cheese)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

Papas a la huancaína (potatoes with cheese) is a popular meal during Carnival. From

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Scrub the potatoes, place them in a saucepan, cover with water, and boil until tender (about 20 minutes). Drain, allow the potatoes to cool. Peel them, cut them into quarters, and set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice, red pepper, and salt. Add onion slices and coat them with the mixture. Stir well and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over low heat.
  4. Add cheese, turmeric, and heavy cream. Stirring constantly, continue cooking over low heat until cheese melts and mixture is smooth.
  5. Add the cooked potatoes and gently stir to heat through, about 5 minutes. Do not allow mixture to boil, or it will curdle.
  6. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with hard-boiled eggs.
  7. Sprinkle onion mixture over the potatoes. Serve immediately while potatoes are hot.


Most Helpful

I learned this recipie from my Peruvian family in Peru. They use feta and you dont need to melt it as this is a cold dish. Everything is blended in the blender and put over cooked potatoes which have been thickly sliced.

Violet A. February 23, 2016

I had trouble getting the cheese to melt smoothly into the cream(I used the swiss), it came out a little lumpy no matter what I did(I made sure not to boil it). Also, the sauce was a little thin, maybe because of the cheese. Other than that small problem this dish was a hit. I loved the onions! They added a nice acidic crunch to the dish. The eggs were a nice touch as well. Made for ZWT7.

Chef Jean May 26, 2011

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