Bowl of Ocopa Sauce

Ocopa Sauce
Peru
  -   Ocopa
Makes
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2-1/2 cup  
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45 hr  
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For the famous Peruvian Ocopa dish with Potatoes and Garnishes, see Ocopo Sauce with Potatoes. This recipe is for just the sauce which is also used in other ways.



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Peanuts raw (1)
Onion
Garlic
Queso Fresco (2)
Olive Oil
Aji Amarillo Paste (3)  
Huacatay Paste (4)
The Roasted Peanuts
Crackers (5)
Salt
Pepper
Evaporated Milk (6)
Make Sauce   -   (45 min)
  1. Dry pan roast PEANUTS until lightly browned. For details see our recipe Dry Roasted Peanuts. This will take about 10 minutes.
  2. Chop ONION small.
  3. Crush GARLIC and chop small.
  4. Dice QUESO small.
  5. Mix Aji Amarillo Paste and Huacatay Paste.
  6. Heat Oil and fry Onion until Onions are translucent. Stir in Garlic and fry stirring until it threatens to color. Stir in Aji Amarillo Paste mix. Take off heat.
  7. Load all Sauce items except only half the Condensed Milk into a Food Processor or Blender. Process until smooth adding just enough Evaporated Milk to make a thick but quite pourable sauce. If it gets too thin, add some more crackers.
NOTES:
  1. Peanuts:   Dry Pan Roasting produces peanuts that are different from commercially roasted in appearance, texture and taste. Use commercially roasted peanuts only if you have to.
  2. Queso Fresco:   This is a soft white cheese available in disk shaped packages in any market serving a Mexican, Central or South America community. Any plain soft white Queso Fresco can be used.
  3. Aji Amarillo Paste:   Fresh or frozen Aji Amarillos could be used (fry with the onions). We call for the Paste because it's much more available in North America, and is often used in Peru. It can be found in markets serving a South American community or on-line. For details see our Aji Amarillo page.
  4. Huacatay Paste:   Fresh Huacatay leaves can be used, but we call for the Paste because it's far more available in North America, and is often used in Peru. It can be found in markets serving a South American community or on-line. For details see our Huacatay page.
  5. Crackers:   Various recipes call for Soda Crackers, Animal Crackers, Cream Crackers, Saltines, etc. I used Maria crackers from Spain.
  6. Evaporated Milk:   This is an unsweetened product. Do not mistake Condensed Milk for Evaporated Milk. That product is like liquid candy. I use a brand without Oil.
  7. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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