A while back, the mother of a good friend, Milly, visited us. We’re very glad she did. One of the things that she taught us, while listening to Peruvian music and reading Peruvian poetry, was how to make a classic Peruvian dish called Causa. It is made from potatoes and shredded chicken and is to die for. Causa is soft, luscious, and soo good. I can’t wait to make it again!
You will need:
4 yellow chili peppers
4 Idaho potatoes
6 T olive oil and another 6 T olive oil
a little more than 1/2 of a pound of chicken chicken breast
tsp salt plus 3 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
juice of 1 and 1/2 limes plus juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 of a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, steamed
1/4 cup or 5 big spoonfulls of mayonnaise
Cilantro or Parsley
Peel and boil 4 Idaho potatoes for 40 minutes. Boil chicken in a separate pan until cooked through.
In the meantime, dice up the chili peppers twice (cut in half, then in half one more time). Then boil for 10 minutes. You are doing this to decrease the spiciness of the chili peppers. After 10 minutes, dump the water, and reboil.
Then, peel the chili peppers for a creamier texture.
Add 6 T of olive oil to the chili peppers inside a blender and blend. Add 1 tsp of salt to chili peppers mix.
Mash potatoes once they’re cooled.
Add chili pepper mix to potatoes, as well as the juice of 1 and 1/2 limes, 3 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, and 6 T of olive oil.
Shred the chicken with your hands or with a fork. Add the juice of 1/2 lime to shredded chicken. Add mixed vegetables to chicken as well as the mayonnaise. Add 2 tsp of salt.
Line a baking dish with mashed potatoes.
Then, add the chicken mix and top it with chopped cilantro.
Put more mashed potatoes on top of the chicken mix, and then put mayonnaise and more chopped parsley on top for decoration.
And you are done! Yummy!