Idaho® Potato Empanadas A La Huancaina

Idaho® Potato Empanadas A La Huancaina

Jonathan Melendez
Food Blogger
The Candid Appetite

Yield: 4

These baked empanadas are filled with Idaho® potatoes and then topped with a classic Peruvian sauce that you’ll want to use on just about everything. They’re easy to make and great for parties!


Huancaina Sauce:


  1. To make the dough, combine the masa harina, flour, baking powder, salt, melted butter and water. The dough should be wet but not sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Place the diced potatoes in a large pot and fill with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Mash the potatoes with the butter, milk, salt, pepper, garlic and scallions. Set aside and let cool completely.
  3. Roll out the chilled empanada dough on a lightly floured work surface to about ¼ of an inch thick. Using a 4-inch round cutter, cut out the dough. Reroll any leftover dough and cut out as well. Fill each with 1 tablespoon of potato, a bit of cheese and then fold over and crimp with a fork. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Preheat oven to about 375° F.
  5. Brush the empanadas with the egg wash and bake until puffed and golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  6. To make the sauce, in a blender, combine the aji amarillo, vegetable oil, crackers, queso fresco, evaporated milk, egg, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Serve the empanadas on a piece of lettuce, top with the huancaina sauce and black olive slices.