Latin American Cuisine, Peruvian Cuisine

Pimientos o Rocotos Rellenos / Peruvian Stuffed Peppers

I’ve never liked American stuffed peppers. The flavorless pepper, tinny meatloaf filling, and powdered cheese topping always made me think of a decrepit diner’s Monday night leftover special. But these Peruvian stuffed peppers are vastly different. This recipe is based on Tony Custer’s, from The Art of Peruvian Cuisine; but I’ve altered it quite a bit,… Read More Pimientos o Rocotos Rellenos / Peruvian Stuffed Peppers

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Chicharrón Peruano / Peruvian Braised and Fried Pork

Chicharrón (or chicharrones) is one of those ubiquitous Latin American foods: each country has its own version. Chicharrones originated in Andalucía, Spain, and thus are eaten in most Spanish-speaking countries; though many regional names and adaptations exist. Chicharrones are traditionally crispy fried cuts of pork; but meats and condiments vary by country. In Peru, chicharrón… Read More Chicharrón Peruano / Peruvian Braised and Fried Pork

Latin American Cuisine, Peruvian Cuisine

Papa Rellena / Stuffed Potato Croquettes

No long-winded post today… just a long-winded recipe! These delicious potato croquettes are most likely rooted in French classical cuisine; it seems to have appeared in the 19th century, when many Europeans (and French chefs) immigrated to Peru. The name is somewhat of a misnomer: it’s actually a combination of papa and yuca rellena. You… Read More Papa Rellena / Stuffed Potato Croquettes