Peruvian Causa In Spoons. New Music From Kanaku Y El Tigre.

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Causa is a versatile Peruvian dish that combines potatoes layered with any combination of fillings and garnished with an array of toppings. It’s perfect as a light meal or, served in spoons, a fun and different appetizer.

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Peruvian Causa In Spoons

Ingredients:

2 lbs yellow potatoes (Yukon gold)
1⁄2 cup oil
1⁄4 cup lime juice
2 -3 tablespoons aji amarillo chili paste (optional) or substitute a seeded, minced serrano chile (not authentic, but adds some nice heat)
Salt and pepper
Tuna Filling (recipe follows)
2 tomatoes, chopped
Optional Garnishes: Sliced avocado, Hard-boiled eggs, Queso fresco, Red peppers, Olives, Parsley

Directions:

1. Place the potatoes in a large pot of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender and cooked through. Drain. Set aside to cool, then peel.

2. Mash the potatoes until smooth.

Note: to make things even easier, I used 2 (24 oz) packages of refrigerated mashed potatoes. Once heated, I proceeded with the recipe.

3. Stir the oil, pepper paste if using, and lime juice into the mashed potatoes and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with plastic wrap, pressing it down to fit the dish.

5. Spread half the potatoes into the bottom of the dish and smooth out. Spread the tuna filling evenly over the potatoes.
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6. Scatter the tomatoes over the tuna.
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7. Spread the remaining potatoes evenly over the tuna filling and tomatoes. Press down gently. Cover and chill thoroughly.

8. Lay a serving platter upside-down over the top of the baking dish. Using both hands, flip the dish and platter over, letting the causa fall onto the platter. Remove and discard the plastic wrap. Cut into portions, garnish and serve. Here is an example. (I found the photo on this website.
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9. If using spoons, use a round cutter to carve out small portions of the causa and place one round in each spoon.

Tuna Filling

Ingredients:

1 (6 ounce) can tuna, preferably oil packed
1 cup mayonnaise
1 small red onion, minced

Directions:

1. Combine tuna, mayonnaise and chopped onions in a bowl and mix well.

Recipe from Cooking Channel
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Seems fitting to go to Peru for today’s music.

The video is pretty arresting, too.

Check out Kanaku Y El Tigre on Facebook and the band’s Website, where you can buy their music.

Cheers!

About I Sing In The Kitchen

Music obsessed cooking freak whipping up fab food one song at at time.
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