Potatoes with Cheese Sauce (Papas a la Huancaína)

45 mins (prep 15)
9 ingredients
makes 8 (first course or side dish) servings
Potatoes are a cornerstone of the Peruvian diet, and for good reason: They have been cultivated in the Andes for more than 8,000 years, and the country boasts a whopping 3,000 varieties of the tuber, which comes in a myriad of shapes, colors, and sizes. In the regional capital of Huancayo, creamy, gently spiced cheese sauce is usually poured over the potatoes or served as a dip. To really highlight the potatoes (purple-fleshed ones look especially dramatic), we serve them over the sauce, with accompaniments of lime and meaty olives.

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  • 2 pounds medium potatoes such as purple peruvian or yukon gold (about 8)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 pound queso fresco or feta, crumbled (scant 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon bottled ají amarillo or ají mirasol paste (sometimes labeled "crema")
  • garnish: chopped pitted black peruvian or kalamata olives; lime wedges (preferably key lime)


Serving Size (17.24 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 58.73 Calories from Fat 47.07
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.23g 64.31%
Saturated Fat 2.09g 83.58%
Trans Fat 0.12g %
Cholesterol 9.78mg 26.08%
Sodium 106.49mg 35.5%
Total Carbohydrate 0.42g 1.13%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.33 g %
Protein 2.56g 41.03%
Vitamin A 114.25IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 80.25mg% Iron 0.04mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
medium potatoes, yukon gold, or, chopped garlic, or, chopped onion, or, bottled, lime wedges, or