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Eating is definitely one of the passions in my life.  The experience of trying new food is part of the excitement of travelling.  This week, I’ve found a few traditional dishes that everyone should try.  I’ve chosen some unique and tasty appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks that you should know about if you are planning a trip to Peru.

1.  Papa Rellena-Potatoes are a staple in Peruvian cuisine and also happen to be one of my personal favorite foods.  In this dish, mashed potatoes are rolled into ovals and stuffed with ground meat and a variation of delicious spices.  Then, they are deep fried until they are a crispy golden brown.

2.  Anticuchos de Carne- These skewers are popular for parties.  This dish is usually made with beef heart, but chicken and steak can be used as well.  Anticuchos are seasoned with garlic, vinegar, cumin, and aji panca, which is a mild red chile pepper with a smoky flavor that is commonly used in Peruvian cooking.  The meat is marinated overnight so the flavor is infused throughout. 

3.  Arroz con Pollo- When I traveled to Costa Rica, this was one of my favorite dishes to eat.  Basically, it is just chicken and rice, but the simplicity by no means compromises the taste.  Carrots, peas, red peppers, garlic, and other spices are added to the mix and add even more flavor. 

4.  Picarones- I found a number of delicious Peruvian desserts that I came across, but no others sounded as good as these pumpkin and sweet potato doughnuts.  Picarones are served warm and doused with a generous helping of syrup.  The crispy fried dough has a spicy and sweet taste that will make anyone’s mouth water.

5.  Pisco Sour- The Pisco Sour is a famous Peruvian Brandy cocktail.  The basic ingredients of this drink are pisco (grape distilled brandy), simple syrup, and lime juice.  The drink is traditionally shaken and served on the rocks, but there are many variations of the recipe.

These five different dishes, desserts, and drinks are the ones that I have found to be the most interesting and delicious of traditional Peruvian cooking.  If you’ve tried any phenomenal cuisine from Peru, feel free to share!  I’m always looking for new food to try and would love to hear from you.

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