March 18th, 2011
When you go to Peru, you definitely need to taste the Peruvian ceviche. For the Peruvians, ceviche is so important that it is considered part of Peru’s “national heritage”.
Most South America countries have their own national ceviche recipes, but no recipe is more recognized than the Peruvian version. Why? Not sure, but some say that is the combination of the right ingredients, other people say it’s the style, and even others boast the it’s local fish that make the all the difference. But whatever the reason, most will agree, Peruvian ceviche is extraordinary.
The original Peruvian ceviche recipe calls for a mixture of corvina which is a white fish, shrimp, octopus, muscles and shrimp, which is “cooked” in a acid base (lime juice). The lime used in Peru has a unique taste, similar to key limes, which are the closest type of lime outside of Peru. In the case the ceviche become too acidic, simply ice cubes added to the dish will refresh and diminish the acidity.
1.75lbs of white fish (corvina or sole) – 1 red onion (thin slices) – 1/2 red pepper (diced) – 1/2 orange or yellow pepper (diced) – Juice of 16 key limes – Salt – To serve: one cooked corn cut into slices, cooked sweet potato and lettuce.
Cut the white fish (corvina or sole) into small squares and mix with the sliced red onion in a bowl. Season the ingredients with salt and the two types of chili peppers. Mix this mixture with the lime juice and let it rest for 5 minutes. If it’s too acidic, add ice cubes, mixing well and removing immediatly before they start to melt. Serve the ceviche immediatly in a deep dish accompanied by sweet potato, corn and lettuce.
When in Peru, don’t forget to wash it down with a little Cusquena Negro… Anyone else hungry now?
Lainie and her son Miro are living a location independent lifestyle, slow traveling around the globe and living in the present moment. Lainie writes about staying inspired, participating as a global citizen, volunteering, unschooling & natural learning. Lainie and Miro are both following their interests on the road, as the planet has been transformed into their classroom. Often you will hear Lainie say “we are blessed to be accidental world schoolers” and has become and an advocate for “life learning” at any age. Lainie & Miro have taken this philosophy to heart and are producing a series of family & teen oriented retreats in called Project World School.
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