Thursday, February 24, 2011

Causa Limena (lime mashed potatoes)

5 lbs peeled, boiled potatoes
3 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
half a celery stalk, washed and chopped into small bits
1 cup mayonnaise
2 yellow Peruvian chilies (available in Latino stores (may use habanero or serrano chilies though the flavor will be slightly different)
salt to taste
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup real lime juice (about 6 large limes)
parsley for garnish (opt)

Mash potatoes with a potato ricer if available (must be very finely mashed). Allow to cool. Mix chicken, celery and mayonnaise together. Set aside. Wash yellow chilies and remove seeds. Cut chilies and add to blender with a little bit of water. Blend well. Add chili mixture, salt, oil and lime juice to potatoes. Mix well. (Mixes best with your hands). In a 9 x 11 in tray put down a layer using half of the potato mixture followed by a layer of all of the chicken mixture. Make a layer on top using the remaining potato mixture. Garnish with parsley.

Recipe by Lucia

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