Ecuadoran Potato Cakes with Peanut Sauce Recipe

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  1. Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Cover potatoes with cold water in a medium pot, then stir in 1 teaspoon salt and simmer until very tender, about 18 minutes.
  2. While potatoes simmer, cook garlic and 1/3 cup scallions in 2 tablespoons annatto oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cumin and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add tomato and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add milk and bring to a bare simmer, then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until combined well. Keep peanut sauce warm, covered, off heat.
  3. Drain potatoes, then mash in a bowl.
  4. Cook remaining 1/2 cup scallions with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in 2 tablespoons annatto oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until scallions are softened, then stir into potatoes along with cheese. Form potato mixture into 8 balls and flatten each into a 3-inch patty.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon annatto oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot, then fry cakes in 2 batches, turning over once, until crusty, about 6 minutes per batch. Add remaining tablespoon annatto oil for second batch.
  6. Gently reheat peanut sauce, thinning to a creamy consistency with a little water if necessary. Season sauce with salt and serve with potato cakes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 524.77 Kcal (2197 kJ)
Calories from fat 261.66 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29.07g 45%
Cholesterol 41.42mg 14%
Sodium 426.15mg 18%
Potassium 922.07mg 20%
Total Carbs 43.89g 15%
Sugars 6.24g 25%
Dietary Fiber 4.74g 19%
Protein 22.52g 45%
Vitamin C 39.1mg 65%
Iron 177.5mg 986%
Calcium 405.4mg 41%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 154.07 Kcal (645 kJ)
Calories from fat 76.82 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.54g 45%
Cholesterol 12.16mg 14%
Sodium 125.11mg 18%
Potassium 270.71mg 20%
Total Carbs 12.89g 15%
Sugars 1.83g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1.39g 19%
Protein 6.61g 45%
Vitamin C 11.5mg 65%
Iron 52.1mg 986%
Calcium 119mg 41%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 12.1
  • 14

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol

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