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Causa - Peruvian chilli and potato cake with crab Recipe

(10 votes)

A typical Peruvian chilli and potato cake with crab that makes a refreshing starter.


  • Preparation  10mins
  • Cooking time  20mins
  • Rest time  0h

Ingredients for people

  • Crab meat : 200 g
  • Desiree potato(es) : 4 whole
  • Chilli paste : 150 g
  • Sunflower oil : 100 ml
  • Lime(s) : 4 whole
  • Fine salt : 6 pinch(es)
  • Garlic clove(s) : 1 bulb
  • Onion(s) : 1 whole

  • For the sauce
  • Tomato(es) : 2 whole
  • Shallot(s) : 1 whole
  • Red chilli(s) : 1 whole
  • Fine salt : 6 pinch(es)
  • Lemon(s) : 1 whole
  • Olive oil : 100 ml
  • Sherry vinegar : 20 ml
  • Garlic clove(s) : 1 whole

  • For the garnish(es)
  • Whole egg(s) : 2 whole
  • Avocado(s) : 2 whole
  • Lemon(s) : 1 whole
Method
    Chef's tip

    «The crab can be replaced with cooked chicken breast or cooked tiger prawns»

  • 1

    Peel and cut the potatoes into large chunks. Cook the potatoes in salted water until tender. When the potatoes are cooked, drain and then mash with a potato masher or ricer.

  • 2

    Boil the eggs for 9 minutes. Allow to cool. Peel and then finely grate the eggs.

  • 3

    Slice the avocados. Squeeze over some lemon juice to prevent the avocado from dsicolouring.

  • 4

    Juice the limes.

  • 5

    Slice the shallots and garlic. Heat frying pan with a tablespoon of oil and cook the shallots until golden, add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the chilli paste and then blend this mixture until you have a paste.

  • 6

    Put the mashed potatoes in a bowl and slowly add the remaining oil, lime juice and chili paste. Check the seasoning.

  • 7

    For the crab dressing:

  • 8

    Peel the tomatoes and remove the seeds. Peel and finely dice the chilli, shallot and garlic. Place these ingredents into a food processor with the olive oil and sherry vinegar and blitz to a puree. Mix this with the crab

  • 9

    To serve:

  • 10

    Put a metal ring in the middle of the plate and start filling it with a layer of potato then avocado, potato, then crab and then potato and finish with a layer of avocado and grated eggs.