Peruvian has been a favorite cuisine of mine for many years, so I was somewhat surprised to see it on the food trend list for 2012.
My rational side is happy to see Peruvian go mainstream. Now I might be able to order arepas
and papa a la huancaina
at more places. My hipster side, however, doesn't want to share this stuff with the rest of the world! I’m like the kid with his arms crossed in the corner bragging that he listened to a band before they got famous.
This dish, Arroz Tapado
, literally translates to “covered rice.” It’s a very common Peruvian dish that is made differently from household to household. I snuck some sweet potatoes into my version because I bought some awesome ones at the winter farmers market earlier that day.
Veggies in the pan, followed by spices.
Then the tomatoes.
Pretty common garnishes in South American cooking.
I simply roasted the sweet potatoes at 450 to brown and cook them. Then add them to the dish at the last minute.
This is some good stuff!
Now comes the fun part. Spray some non-stick spray into a bowl and layer the rice and filling into the bowl.
Be sure to pack it tight so it stays together when the bowl is removed.
Give it a few taps, cross your fingers, and lift.
Top with some parsley and serve! This is a super fun dish that is very tasty and easy to make.
More Peruvian RecipesDan Whalen totally liked Peruvian before it got famous. He has been blogging for almost 4 years at The Food in my Beard
; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!