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Mashed Potato Cazuela

6 to 8 servings
Cazuela de Pure de Papa Istmeño 


  • 3 pounds Idaho or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and cut into small dice
  • 1 cup fresh peas, or thawed from frozen
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2/3 cup Mexican crema
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • To taste freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped manzanilla olives stuffed with pimientos, or more to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped pickled jalapeños, or more to taste

To Prepare

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Carefully drop in the diced potatoes and cook until a fork or pairing knife slides in easily, but the potatoes are still holding their shape, about 12 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or spider and place in a large bowl.
  • Drop in the diced carrots and cook for just one minute, remove and set aside in a smaller bowl. Finally drop in the peas and cook for one minute, then remove and place in the bowl with carrots.
  • Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Once it sizzles, add the onion and cook until wilted, stirring occasionally, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the cooked onions, mustard, cream, egg, salt and pepper to the bowl with the potatoes, and gently mix and mash until well incorporated. Add the peas, carrots, olives and pickled jalapeños and mix well. Scrape into a 9” x 11” baking dish or into small individual ramekins.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the top has slightly browned. Serve or keep warm.