Arequipa’s peppers

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Arequipa’s stuffed colored peppers

Ingredients

For the stuffing

  • -  3 small peppers (red, green, orange or yellow)
  • -  100 gr. ground beef meat
  • -  100 gr. ground pork meat
  • -  ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • -  2 garlic cloves, minced
  • -  2 tbsp. chopped peanuts
  • -  3 chopped spanish black olives for the stuffing
  • -  3 Spanish black olives for decoration
  • -  2 hardboiled eggs white
  • -  1 tbsp. golden blond raisins soaked in hot water
  • -  2 tbsp. chopped Huacatay leaves,cumin, salt and ground pepper
  • -  Vegetable oil
  • -  1 tbsp. Aji Panca/ sundried Peruvian red chili paste

For the potato and peppers grated cake

  • -  ½ cup mixture of sauteed peppers with olive oil, garlic and salt
  • -  1 large white potato
  • -  150 ml. Milk cream
  • -  ½ tsp. Anis beans
  • -  Fresh thyme
  • -  3 slices of mozzarella cheese 
  • -  Salt and ground pepper

Preparation

For the stuffing

  • -  Cut the top part of the peppers (reserve them), remove seeds and veins. Give a short boil with water and sugar. 
  • -  Saute garlic and onions with vegetable oil in medium heat, add the Aji Panca paste cooked in low heat for 5 min., then add the two kind of meats.
  • -  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, chopped Huacatay and the peanuts.
  • -  Finally add the olives, raisins and the hardboiled egg whites.
  • -  To balance the taste, you can add some broth and sugar. The filling can not be too spicy.
  • -  To serve, stuff the peppers carefully with the meat mixture.

Potato and pepper grated cake

  • -  Prepare an infusion with the cream, anise, salt, grounded pepper and the thyme branch, over medium heat. Reduce a bit, cool and strain.
  • -  Boil the potato and cut into thin slices.
  • -  Mix the potatoes with the cream infusion, then place the potato in a baking dish and between layers of potatoes put the saute peppers and the mozzarella slices.
  • -  Bake in a preheated oven, until cheese melts.

 

Suggested presentation

Place in a serving dish the grated potato cake next to the stuffed peppers.
Decorate with olives, eggs, Huacatay leaves and more of the meat stuff.