Did you like the papa a la huancaina (Huancayo-style potatoes)? you must try the ocopa. It has a different sauce, but equally delicious. This version (one of the best, I think) comes from Arequipa, a region located in the south of Peru. The yellow chili/pepper, peanuts, fresh cheese and black mint give it an unforgettable taste. This recipe is for 6 people.

Ingredients:

  • 100 g of yellow chili/pepper
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of toasted peanuts
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 100 g of fresh cheese
  • 2 sprigs of huacatay
  • 3 soda cookies
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 6 yellow potatoes, cooked
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, in slices
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preparation:

Toast the yellow chili/pepper. Remove the seeds and soak in water for some minutes.

In a frying pan, fry the onion and the garlic.

Blend the yellow chili/pepper with the fried onion and garlic, toasted peanuts, cookies, huacatay leaves, milk and cheese.

When all is blended, add a little of oil and season with salt and pepper.

Pour this sauce over the cooked potatoes and decorate with the hard-boiled eggs.

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6 Responses to Ocopa arequipeña (Arequipa-style ocopa)

  1. julio risco says:

    Felicitaciones este es un sitio excelente……..Acabo de regresar de Peru, traje conmigo huacatay en frasco. Es horrible, no es ni la sombra del huacatay fresco. Aca en america me he propuesto usar la menta comun con un toque de albhaca para preparar la ocopa, les comunico como resulta. Julio

  2. Diego says:

    Julio, nos pasas la voz. Suerte!

  3. Ninfa says:

    El huacatay se puede encontrar congelado, yo lo compré y lo uso en la ocopa, en los chupes de viernes, en el ají de calabaza, etc…..Me resulta muy bien. A comer rico!!!

  4. Pepe says:

    Yo soy cubano mi esposa Peruana…sembre huacatay…crecio hermosisimo,cocinamos con el y dice mi sra que es excelente . dile a la gente de peru que te manden la semilla y la siembras…yo estoy en el desierto de california y se me dio enorme…wild ! ya van dos anos que nace solo. este ano no ha salido aun espero que salga…tengo los dedos cuzados…o dile a tus amigos y familiares que te manden un gajito con raiz se da enseguida !

  5. [...] I’d follow up with a creamy-savory-spicy salsa (i.e., Spanish for “sauce”). Ocopa is a traditional Andean recipe, associated with the Southern-Peruvian mountain city of Arequipa. [...]

  6. [...] fibrous. The sauce in the middle was tasty, creamy with just a hint of spiciness. It’s called ocopa, and apparently includes chili pepper, peanuts, and mint among its [...]

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