At Huaca Pucllana restaurant, Chef Marilú Madueño reinterprets traditional Peruvian dishes with haute cuisine style. Chef Madueño prepares causa, a signature Peruvian potato dish that invites a chef’s creativity. Legend has it that causa originated during Peru’s battle for independence from Spain, when the wives of Peru’s soldiers would make and sell the dish to earn money for the cause. Think of it as an elaborate layered potato salad, made with finely minced potatoes. The mise en place is simple: starchy yellow potatoes; fragrant peppers, such as the aji amarillo; lime juice; and olive oil; and sometimes cilantro.

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