Caldo Verde – Green Soup

The basic ingredients for caldo verde are potatoes, onions and kale (some recipes call for collard greens instead). Common additional ingredients are garlic, salt, and olive oil. Some recipes add meat, such as ham hock, making it similar to Italo-American wedding soup. The soup is often accompanied by slices of chouriço or linguiça, or with Portuguese broa cornbread for dipping.

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Choripán - Grilled Chorizo Sandwich

Choripán – Grilled Chorizo Sandwich

Chorípan is the clever hybrid name for one of the most popular South American sandwiches. It’s a sandwich of chorizo sausage on a crusty bread roll (chor for chorizo y pan for bread). Choripan is a popular street food that is best straight off the barbecue.

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Peruvian Potatoes with Spicy Cream Sauce

Papas a la Huancaina – Peruvian Potatoes with Spicy Cream Sauce

Papa a la Huancaína is dish of sliced potatoes covered in a spicy cheese sauce that is typically served cold, as a first course or luncheon dish. If you prefer a spicier sauce, add a chilli pepper. Because it is served cold Papa a la Huancaina is a favourite food of Peruvians to take on picnics and trips.

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Spicy Cheese Sauce - Salsa a la Huancaina

Salsa a la Huancaína – Spicy Cheese Sauce

Salsa a la Huancaína (Huancaína sauce) is typically served over cold sliced potatoes in the well-known Peruvian dish Papas a la Huancaína. Made with aji amarillo peppers, it is a versatile sauce that goes with many dishes and flavours. Serve it as a dipping sauce for bite-size boiled potatoes or raw vegetables. You can adjust the spiciness by using fewer or more yellow chilli peppers.

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Salsa de Ocopa - Ocopa Sauce

Salsa de Ocopa – Ocopa Sauce

Originated in southern Peru in the Arequipa province, Salsa Ocopa is similar in texture to Salsa Huancaina and traditionally as well served with boiled potatoes. But its flavour is very different. The main ingredient of Salsa Ocopa is the herb Huacatay (Peruvian black mint) which gives the sauce a really unique delicious taste. Other ingredients include fresh white cheese (queso fresco), onions, aji amarillo (Peruvian yellow chilli) and milk.

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