Causa rellena

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Causa is a popular Peruvian potato dish and its name comes from the Quechua word 'Kausay', meaning 'life'. This particular recipe is typical of Peru's capital city, Lima and is also called Causa limeña. 'Causa', meaning 'cause' does not have a culinary meaning in Spanish. 'Relleno/a' means stuffed. In English language recipes, they are sometimes referred to as stuffed mashed potatoes. They are not really stuffed though, just layered.

Causa rellena
Calories per serving:440
Ready in:15 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:None
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:14th July 2012

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Wow, this has everything in it, plus potatoes!

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  1. To the cold mashed potatoes, add the oil, ají amarillo flakes, lemon juice and seasonings and mix until the potato is smooth and manageable.
  2. You now need to layer the causas. The easiest way to do this is use a mould with both ends open.
  3. Grease the mould and taking one-eighth of the potato mixture, smooth out in the bottom of the mould.
  4. Place 2 egg slices on top, followed by 4 olive halves and a quarter of the onions.
  5. Then add a layer of your chosen stuffing.
  6. Finally add a further eighth of the potato mixture.
  7. When unmoulded, repeat the same until you have 4 causas.
  8. Add garnishes if desired.

Serving suggestions

Place the shredded lettuce in the centre of a plate and gently unmould the causas on the top.


You can make the whole thing in a greased baking dish if you have no moulds.

Chef's notes

The quantity of lemon juice does seem rather excessive, but will give it a go and see what happens. Ají amarillo chillies are available from the South Devon Chilli Farm

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