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Food Special Series: Ecuadorian Llapingachos

Image of a plate of Llapingachos. (The Spruce Eats)

I saved this post for last because growing up I never really had a lot of Ecuadorian-styled food. Granted, a lot of the foods that can be found in Ecuadorian restaurants are very similar to Peruvian restaurants since they are neighboring nations. However, there are some Ecuadorian dishes and meals that are prepared that I haven’t seen in Peruvian cuisine. This dish, los llapinagos, is a side that my dad’s aunt used to make frequently when she stayed with us some summers. It is essentially a seasoned potato patty that is stuffed with cheese and fried to create these tasty potato creations.

I haven’t had one of these in a very long time and up until me writing this post I didn’t even know what they were called. I used to call them “cheesy potatoes” because that was what it was, but after looking up what it was actually called I was immediately given the name, llapingachos.

Youtube video preparing and making llapingachos. (Made in CASA)

Because my dad’s aunt hasn’t been in New York to make these llapingachos, he has made them a few times because he — along with me and my brother — have craved for them because they taste so good. We like our llapingachos really cheesy so when we break the potato patty lots of cheese stretch out. In this Youtube video, she doesn’t show the inside of the patty, but I am certain that she added a lot of cheese too. I hope that with this post that this Ecuadorian dish was something new and interesting to see being made because they look just as good as they do tasting it.


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