Peruvian Causa

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White potato layer

  • ½ pound white potatoes
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • Salt and Pepper

Boil the potatoes in water till they are fork tender. Drain and peel them. Add all other ingredients and mash the potatoes.

Orange potato layer

  • ½ pound red skinned potatoes
  • A pinch of saffron or orange food coloring (I used food coloring)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • Salt and Pepper

Boil the potatoes in water till they are fork tender. I prefer to keep the red skins on because they add more color. If using saffron, warm the milk and saffron in the microwave for a few seconds. Then add all ingredients to the potatoes and mash well.

Purple potato layer

  • ½ pound purple potatoes
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • Salt and Pepper

Boil the potatoes in water till they are fork tender. Peel the potatoes. Add all ingredients to the potatoes and mash well.


Vegetable and Olive layer

  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • ½ cup of your favorite olives, chopped. I used a combination of kalamata and halkidiki. Use less olives if you don’t like it too salty
  • ½ tsp lemon or lime zest
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper (watch the salt because the olives are already salty!)

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate till you are ready to use them.



How to assemble Causa

  1. Gather the prepared white, orange and purple colored potatoes and the vegetable-olive salad.
  2. You will need a ring mold or something similar to make this salad. I used a 2×2 coupling (whatever that is!) from the hardware store. Here are some other things you can use to assemble the causa:

- A plastic bottle (without ridges) that has been cut so both ends are open
- A PVC pipe cut to about 2 inches tall

Peruvian Causa - layered potato salad

Creamy Avocado Dressing

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3 tbsp Greek style yogurt
  • Salt and pepper

Combine everything and mash with a fork till the dressing is smooth and creamy. Add some milk for a thinner dressing.


http://www.veggiebelly.com/2009/05/peruvian-causa-layered-potato-salad-with-creamy-avocado-dressing.html


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