Aji de Gallina

by admin on February 25, 2011

So we’ve talked about how important potatoes are to the Culture of Peru and Peruvian food, but how about a specific example of a great Peruvian potato dish? Aji de Gallina is a classic Peruvian comfort food, and the kind of dish you could expect to be served at a Peruvian’s dinner table. The most traditional way to make it is with hen, which is where it gets the “gallina” name, but it is just as good with chicken. If you buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it you can make Aji de Gallina in minutes. The most important ingredient is Aji Amarillo paste, which is available from Mama Tina’s online. Other than that, evaporated milk, some white bread or saltine crackers, walnuts, and a few basic spices is all is takes for an authentic Peruvian meal. Once all of these ingredients are mixed in a blender and the nuts are completely ground, spread the sauce and chicken mixture over boiled potatoes. Garnish with hard boiled eggs and Peruvian olives, with white rice on the side if desired. Google Aji de Gallina for different recipes, choose your favorite, and enjoy a Peruvian meal tonight.