Having grown up in Latin America the passion for sports and gathering around the TV to watch games is ingrained in me. And here in the US, there is no sport that motivates family and friends to gather around a game the NFL games. I must confess that every time I watch a game I have to review the rules or ask my husband for details and explanations, but I love seeing how this sport unites and gives us the perfect excuse to eat delicious food like this Pichanga and share with friends.
This year, I also want to surprise my friends with Latino and Chilean dishes. When we get together, an easy and delicious appetizer is our traditional Pichanga. In Chile, you simply buy it in supermarkets, at the deli counter. Here you will need to buy the ingredients separately and mix them the day before serving to allow the flavors to develop. The end result is incredibly tasty.
I hope I have encouraged you to try and give a Latin twist to your meetings to watch the NFL games. As we live in Houston I am loyal to the Texans. Go Texans!
You may also want to look at this Chilean recipe: Sopaipillas (goes perfectly with the Pichanga)Print
A beloved appetizer in Chile.
- 1/2 pound of smoked pork ham, 1/2 inch thick
- 1/2 pound of mortadella or beef bologna, thick
- 1/2 pound of cheese, sliced thick (Muenster or Havarti)
- 1/2 pound of assorted olives
- 1/2 pound of assorted veggies pickled: onions, cauliflower, carrots with juice
- Optional: roasted tomatoes in oil, fresh carrots, diced cooked potatoes, hard goat cheese in cubes
- fresh bread to serve
- Mix everything in a bowl. I let it sit refrigerated for one night.
- Serve cold with fresh bread.
Keywords: pichanga, chilean cuisine
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