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Street food Recipe: Peruvian Stuffed Potatoes

This fried starter is quite popular in many South American countries, with slight variations per city. Some peruvians say it was first prepared by soldiers who fought in the Pacific War. While walking long distances for several days, these soldiers would have to carry food with no bags, nor how to refrigerate it. Such a problem made them come up with a smart idea. They would cook and season the meat, and mix it with boiled potatoes until it would became a sort of dough. They would placed the meat inside and then fried it to make it consistent. True or not, that recipe is now wide spread in Peruvian culture, as part of street food tradition in many cities around the country. Try it yourself: Ingredients 3 large potatoes (if you have access to peruvian varieties such as white and yellow potatoes, it would be perfect) 1 peace cassava 300 grams of ground beef 1 yellow pepper 1 onion 2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon of peruvian ají panca 1 tablespoon tomato sauce Parsley 2 eggs Flour Sa
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