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Stuffed Mashed Potatoes
from Lima

Causa Limena

Serves 6

This appetizer, a popular national dish, is from Lima, the capital city of Peru, which has metropolitan and modern ideas. The dictionary does not reveal how the word "causa" came to be applied to a concoction, albeit a delicious one, that features cold mashed potatoes.

A causa is considered a light lunch or snack, a most appealing dish that is often served at weddings or other celebrations.

The Mashed Potatoes

Cook the whole potatoes in water over moderate heat until soft. Mash until relatively smooth. Process the aji chili with 2 tablespoons water, the turmeric, salt, and oil until smooth. Stir the spice paste into the potatoes and mix well.

The Chicken Filling

In a bowl combine all the filling ingredients until smooth.

The Causa

1. Spread half of the mashed potato in the oiled dish.

2. Spread all of the filling over the potatoes. Cover with the balance of the potatoes. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until cold.

Serve cold, cut into 2-inch-wide slices.

Note: The filling may also be prepared with cooked shrimp, canned tuna, or sardines. Use the same quantity and seasonings as for the chicken filling.


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