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Recipes from Peru
I am a lucky woman! My husband is from Peru and he likes to cook and every so often he treats me to some authentic Peruvian cooking.
My favorites are:
- Ceviche- a cold seafood dish. It can be made with fish, shrimp, squid and mussels
- Lomo Saltado- Steak, rice, tomatoes, green peppers & potatoes
- Papa rellena- (stuffed potato)- beef, olives, onions, eggs
- Arroz con pollo- chicken and rice
***In every Peruvian recipe that you see it call for Aji Amarillo( yellow pepper) you may substitute Jalapeno or any kind of hot pepper, of course it's better and more authentic using the Aji pepper which you can buy at most ethnic or cultural grocery stores now. If not there, are websites available to order jars of the paste( the best) or cans of the peppers themselves.)
Almost everything he makes involves potatoes!
It only makes sense since Peru is after all the origin of the potato ( and you thought it was Idaho!)
Everything is washed down with big glass of Inca Kola !
Lomo Saltado Recipe
Main dish-6 servings-Preparation time: 1 hour
2 pounds of beef tenderloin or other tender steak
2 tablespoons of crushed garlic
2 medium onions cut in strips
4 tomatoes, seeds removed, pureed in blender( we just slice ours)
5 potatoes peeled and cut into strips for frying( we've been known to use frozen french fries cooked in oil)
1 jalapeno pepper cut into thin strips( we use Aji pepper or Aji paste)
1 tablespoon of vinegar
Vegetable oil for frying
Salt and pepper
Finely chopped parsley
1. Cut beef into thin strips
2. Cook garlic in oil over medium heat and add meat. Reserve the juice.
3. Add the tomato puree( or tomatoes), salt and pepper. Cook a few minutes
4. Add onion, Aji, parsley and vinegar. Combine the juice from the meat
5. Fry the potatoes( or french fries) in a separate pan and add to other ingredients
6. Serve over white rice
Arroz con pollo recipe
Main dish-8 servings-Preparation time: 1 hour
8 small boneless and skinless chicken breasts
2 cloves of fresh garlic
1 onion finely chopped
½ cup vegetable or olive oil
3 cups rice (not instant)
5 cups chicken bullion
1 cup cilantro and 1 cup water chopped in blender(drain water after blending)
½ pound cooked peas ( we use canned peas)
Aji Paste or Aji peppers( cut into strips) to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Sauté salted and peppered chicken breasts in oil until browned and cooked completely and remove. In the same oil, cook the garlic and onion till tender
2. Combine the chicken to the garlic and onion. Add the cilantro and bullion and boil. Add the rice and Aji peppers. Cook over medium heat till liquid is absorbed. Add peas and continue to simmer over low heat until rice is cooked
1 pound fresh white fish, cut into small pieces or Shrimp or both!
½ Cup of fresh lime juice
1 fresh Aji pepper, minced( we use Aji Paste)
1-3 cloves of garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 small red onion, peeled and cut into strips
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Marinate the fish( shrimp) in the lime juice for 4-6 hours in the fridge. This "cooks" the fish and makes it safe to eat.
After about 2 hours of marinating, add the garlic, Aji, onion, cilantro, oil & salt and pepper and stir well. ( some people like to add tomatoes too)
Serve on a bed of lettuce
For a traditional serving, arrange cold pieces of cooked sweet potato and slices of corn on the cob around the dish.
- Peruvian Recipes-Part 2
Recipes for Papas a la Huancaina & Paps Rellena
Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on July 13, 2014:
Thank you for writing this informative hub, the recipes sound delicious. Voted up and SHARING.
Maria Alicia Cardenas from Spain on July 26, 2013:
Thanks for sharing!!! I'm a peruvian girl who was living out of my country for the past 12 years (in USA and Spain) and just moved back to my country... now I´m enjoying my delicious food!!! again thanks for sharing my country´s food!!
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on July 03, 2013:
Papas rellena are, without question, the most delicious thing I have ever eaten in my life. I even convinced a local bar to start making them just for me.
lori on December 21, 2011:
I have a foreign exchange student from Peru this year and i am making a dish from her country for our christmas dinner here this year. I think she will like that.
Niki on October 24, 2010:
I just got back from visiting Peru and at a farmhouse had a great fried quinoa bread and am trying to find the recipe. I've found some similar but not just right. She said that it had salt, honey, egg, quinoa it it, but I think I'm really missing something! If you have it...I'd love to get it!
Suzanne on July 29, 2010:
I am also married to a Peruvian and I am always trying to surprise him by cooking something Peruvian I haven't found many besides the ones I learned while living in Peru so these are great. If you have one for Sopa de Pollo let me know.
Rossie on June 05, 2010:
Hi there! excellent recipes, I am Peruvian and I love to cook. Your recipes are very accurate! they display authentic Peruvian Cooking!
Joseph on April 01, 2010:
How much aji paste equals one aji pepper??
Zach on March 30, 2010:
What about using aji powder or dried aji chiles in the ceviche recipe??
Cindy on March 06, 2010:
Thanks for sharing the recipes! I used to work at a Peruvian restaurant near the water, and we served the best ceviche!
Just Toyia (author) from Tennessee on November 19, 2009:
Thank for that recipe Annette, it's not a traditional sauce at my husband's families house but I have had it at a Peruvian restaurant and it was very good!
Annette on November 19, 2009:
I am married 22years to a Peruvian man & I have been lucky enough to have learned many recipes from my dear mother-in-law but... i am going crazy trying to find the Marinade for the chicken in the recipe for POLLO ALA BRASA. I do have the recipe for the hot green dipping sauce (I'm in love w/it)
1- head Iceberg lettue
1-bunch Celantro (leaves only)
1/2 cup mayoonnaise (can add more to taste)
4-6 Saltine crackers
Salt to taste
Add all ingredients to Blender, Blend til smooth, then add saltine crackers & blend to desired thickness. put into Squeeze Bottle & keep in Fridge when not using.
Leoncio V. on November 18, 2009:
Just what i was looking for. How to make typical peruvian food (recipes in english).
Greetings from Perú
Michele Darnold on August 04, 2009:
I just emailed 2 sets of Peruvian recipes to my Peruvian boyfriend and I hope he likes then
John S. on December 01, 2008:
I love Peru and its cuisine! The roast-chicken restaurants on corners (like the one off plaza de San Martin --- great food. Thank you for the video. It hlps a lot. For Ghost32, Inca Cola can be found in many stores. What I really miss is the Pilsen Callao.
Ghost32 on March 04, 2008:
The recipes do look great, but the most fascinating tidbit was the mention of Inca Kola--how could anyone resist at least sampling a drink with a name like that?! I immediately had to go look it up on Wikipedia...should not have been surprised, I guess, that Coca Cola owns 60% of the product.
Just Toyia (author) from Tennessee on January 29, 2008:
Your welcome, I may do more later-
Wendy Iturrizaga from France on January 29, 2008:
Delicious... thanks for sharing your recipes
Just Toyia (author) from Tennessee on January 17, 2008:
Oh there's plenty of good food, I'm just not sure of exactly all the ingredients! Those I listed are just the ones I know how to make! Thanks for stopping by!
highwaystar from Australia on January 17, 2008:
Thanks for sharing, keep the recipes coming!
Just Toyia (author) from Tennessee on January 17, 2008:
BartholomewKlick on January 16, 2008: