If you already didn’t know, potatoes are native to Peru. The Spanish and other colonialists took the potatoes from South America to other parts of the world, where it quickly became popular. While potatoes are still the staple food in countries that are far removed from Peru, the humble root is still a major part of Peruvian cuisine.
Peruvian cuisine meanwhile is one of the trendiest cuisines in the world and one can specialized Peruvian restaurants across the cities of the world. In fact, in cities like London, Paris, New York and Tokyo, Peruvian restaurants are hugely popular and continue to drive culinary tourists to Peru. If you are in Peru and would like to discover something tantalizing and new, Papa Rellena is a dish that you could try. Papa Rellena means ‘stuffed potatoes’ in Spanish and is one of the most delicious dishes of Peru.
The dish is prepared with the help of baked potato dough into which chopped beef, onions, whole boiled eggs, cumin, spices and olives are stuffed. The large mass is then deep fried and served with salsa criolla, which is typical to Peru as well. There are several variations of this dish and one can find similar dishes across Latin America. However, Papa Rellena is something that is truly unique and authentic to Peru.
When you visit Peru, ensure that you bite into this delicious and succulent fried delicacy. However, potatoes are known to contain a lot of sugar and if you are watching your diet, you probably would want to stay away from it. Also, as it is a deep fried dish, it is not the healthiest snack in the world. Nevertheless, you could probably treat yourself to Papa Rellena at least once when you are in Peru. It is not every day that you get to eat such a delicious calorie bomb.