Canarian wrinkly potatoes

Canarian wrinkly potatoes
Papas arrugadas with red mojo sauce
Course Appetiser or side dish
Place of origin Spain
Region or state Canary Islands
Serving temperature Warm
Main ingredients Potatoes
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Papas arrugadas ([ˈpapas aruˈɣaðas] "wrinkly potatoes") is a traditional boiled potato dish eaten in the Canary Islands. It is usually served with a chili pepper garlic sauce, called mojo rojo, or as an accompaniment to meat dishes.

The dish is made from small new potatoes which are cleaned (but not peeled), then boiled in salt water. Originally, seawater was used, but today it is more common to use tap water with a very generous amount of salt added. After cooking, the water is removed and the potatoes are briefly left in the pot on the stove to dry off, until they become shrivelled with a fine salt crust.[1]

Papas arrugadas are considered a signature dish of Canarian cuisine.[2] The dish is sometimes served with conejo en salmorejo, a common Canarian rabbit stew.[3][4]

See also


  1. Workman, Derek. "The Best and Worst of Canarian Food". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  2. "Canarian Cuisine". Official Tourism Website of the Canary Islands. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  3. Islands Magazine. Vol. 14, No. 3. May-Jun 1994. p. 178. ISSN 0745-7847
  4. Berlitz: Tenerife Pocket Guide. Berlitz Pocket Guides. APA. 2015. p. 153. ISBN 978-1-78004-897-0. Retrieved January 12, 2017.

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