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Spicy Potatoes and Corn with Fried Cheese

  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6 SIDE-DISH SERVINGS
  • FAST
  • VEGETARIAN

Plato paceño, which means "the dish from La Paz," is a street food common throughout Bolivia's capital city. Maricel Presilla also likes to serve it as an accompaniment to grilled beef or pork.

  1. 3 jalapeños, seeded and coarsely chopped
  2. 6 medium plum tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
  3. 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped
  4. 1/4 cup water
  5. 1 small white onion, coarsely chopped
  6. 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  7. Kosher salt
  8. 2 pounds medium Yukon Gold potatoes
  9. 6 ears of choclo (white Andean corn; see Note) or yellow corn
  10. 1 cup frozen lima beans
  11. 2 teaspoons corn oil
  12. 1 pound queso blanco para freir (frying cheese), sliced 1/4 inch thick
  1. In a food processor, coarsely chop the jalapeños with the tomatoes and cilantro leaves. Add the water and pulse until the consistency of a smooth salsa. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in the onion and mint and season with salt. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling water, cook the potatoes until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Add the corn and cook for 10 minutes longer. Add the lima beans and cook for 5 minutes more. Drain all of the vegetables and set them aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a medium nonstick skillet. Cook the cheese in batches over moderately low heat until golden brown, about 40 seconds per side. Transfer the potatoes to a plate and cut them in half. To serve, arrange 1 ear of corn, 1 halved potato, about 1/2 cup of lima beans and 2 slices of cheese on each serving plate. Top the potato with about 2 tablespoons of the salsa and serve, passing the remaining salsa at the table.
Notes Frozen choclo is available at Latin markets. Serve With Grilled skirt steak.