The delicious dishes of Peru are a must-try for those looking to expand their culinary horizons. Most Peruvian dishes feature Latin American staples with influences from Spain, China, Japan, West Africa and even Italy. Peru native Cece Gonzales has shared her five favorite Peruvian dishes for you to try!
Papa a la Huancaina
Although this popular dish is named after the city of Huancayo (Papa a la Huancaina” translates to “Huancayo-style Potatoes” in English), it has become a staple throughout all of Peru. This delicious dish features boiled yellow potatoes served with a spicy, creamy cheese sauce called “Salsa a la Huancaina” on top. Typically served as an appetizer or side dish (akin to American potato salad), Papa a la Huancaina is served chilled and garnished with lettuce, hard-boiled egg quarters, olives and corn kernels.
Ceviche de Mariscos
Ceviche is a popular seafood dish throughout many Latin American countries, namely in coastal areas where seafood is caught fresh. A variety of seafood (including fish, squid, shrimp, crab, etc.) is marinated fresh and raw in citrus juices and is seasoned and spiced with chili peppers, cilantro and onion. Corn, sweet potato and onion slices are traditional garnishes for this flavorful dish. If you’re a seafood lover, Ceviche de Mariscos is sure to please your palate!
Arroz con Mariscos
This Peruvian staple features a variety of seafood (mussles, fish, shrimp, etc.) served alongside seasoned rice. Tumeric, yellow onion, garlic paste, oregano and a sprinkling of paprika all add flavor to this popular Peruvian seafood dish.
This traditional (and very popular!) Peruvian dish actually has Asian influences! Lomo Saltado features strips of sirloin steak marinated in soy sauce, vinegar and a variety of spices. This dish is accompanied by stir-fried vegetables (typically onions and tomato) and parsley and served on white rice with homemade fried potato wedges. Lomo Saltado is the perfect Peruvian food for even the most finicky eater to try!
Arroz con Pollo
Arroz con Pollo (or “chicken and rice”) is one of the most popular dishes throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain – and for good reason – it’s savory, delicious and simple to make. Arroz con Pollo is typically made in one large pot and features a variety of flavorful ingredients such a cilantro, garlic, black pepper, onions, bell peppers and a splash of white wine and citrus juice. If you’re looking to try your hand at Peruvian cooking, Arroz con Pollo is the perfect dish to start with!
If you’re looking to try Peruvian food for yourself and would like a restaurant recommendation, tweet us at @CeceMelinda and we’d be happy to refer you to a few of our favorite Peruvian restaurants in Chicago! Better yet – why not try Peruvian food in Peru! Cece Gonzales was born and raised in Peru and has put together the most thorough and breathtaking 6-day/5 night trip with an English-speaking guide. This trip will take place this May 2012 and all are welcome to join! Space on this trip is limited and seats are filling up fast, so reserve your spot today! Visit our blog for a breakdown of the trip or request more information via our online form.