The name Causa comes from the Incan Quechuan word ‘Kausaq,’ meaning “that which gives life.” During the colonial period in Peru, the newly arrived Spaniards adapted many of the native foodsand combined them with foods they brought from Europe, creating the distinctive Peruvian cuisine that exists today. Causa is one of these hybrid dishes: a combination of the ancient potato, avocado andaji amarillo that are all native to Peru, and the lime, garlic, and chicken imported from Europe. Hearty yet refreshing, cool yet mildly picante, causa is an intriguing mix of the abundant flavorsfound in the region.
* 8 yellow potatoes (about 2-3 pounds)
* 3 fresh yellow chilly peppers
* 3 limes
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 2 garlisc
* 2 bonelessskinless chicken breasts
* 1/2 cup mayonnaise
* 1 teaspoon mustard
* 1 ripe avocado
* Salt and pepper to taste
* Black olives for decoration
* Parsley for decoration
Preparation:1. Cook the potatoes in salted water until soft. Peel the potatoes and pass them through a potato ricer (or mash them), then set aside.
2. Remove the seeds from the chili peppers, and sautethem in vegetable oil with the garlic until softened. Place them in a food processor or blender, along with the juice of the 3 limes, and salt/pepper to taste. Process until smooth. Stir lime/chilemixture into the potatoes.
3. Poach the chicken in water seasoned with salt, pepper. Shred the cooked chicken, and mix with the mayonnaise and mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
4.On a plate, shape half of the mashed potato mixture into a square or rectangle. Cover with the chicken in a smooth layer. Layer with slices of avocado. Layer the other half of the potato mixture on topand smooth with a knife. Decorate the top with parsley leaves, slices of hard-boiled eggs, and olive halves.
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