Friday, May 10, 2013

Aji de Gallina: Traditional Peruvian Cuisine


1 whole chicken, cooked with salt to taste
  • SHRED and reserve broth (about 6 cups)
  • Use the rest of the chicken broth to cook potatoes
18 slices (small loaf) of white bread
  • Soak shredded bread in 1 cup of milk for at least 15 minutes (won’t hurt to soak longer)
  • Add enough water to cover well and blend till smooth
10 red or golden red potatoes. Cooked whole

  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of Garlic (pressed)
  • ½ cup of parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 2 tsp. of Salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Cumin

  1. In a large pan heat oil and sauté onions for about 1 minute (med-high heat)
  2. Add garlic and spices (turmeric, salt, pepper, and cumin) cook till onion is translucent (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add shredded chicken and stir to coat chicken well and then add enough broth to cover the chicken; bring to a boil.
  4. Add bread mixture and bring to a boil again.
  5. Reduce heat (med-low) and stir constantly (it will stick if not stirred). Cook for 20 min. adding more broth as needed. Consistency should be thick, but loose.
  6. Add parmesan cheese and cook 5 more minutes.

TIP: If you run out of broth and the mixture is too thick, heat some milk and add as needed. 

Serve over sliced potatoes or white rice (or in the Peruvian tradition, both). Garnish with a slice of boiled egg and an olive.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hidden Valley Crockpot Roast

1 Beef Roast-
1 Pkg. Dried Brown Gravy Mix
1 Pkg. Dried Italian Salad Dressing Mix
1 Pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix

1/2 Cup Water Or Beef Broth-
 Sliced Mushrooms (optional)
Garlic (optional)

Carrots (optional)
Put sliced mushrooms, small baby carrots and garlic on the bottom of crockpot.

Rub roast beef with Garlic In A Jar-or just sprinkle some garlic powder and pepper over the roast. ***Garlic In A Jar is better though.

Place roast beef in Crockpot.

Put onions and garlic around the roast.

Mix the Dried Brown Gravy Mix, Dried Italian Salad Dressing Mix and Hidden Valley Mix together in a bowl and sprinkle this mixture over the roast.

Pour water or beef broth around the roast-BEEF BROTH IS ALOT BETTER

Cook on low for 7-9 hours…