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Snapshots from Colombia: Tropical Fruit in Cartagena

Jessica A. Colley 3 comments

Uchuva, lulo, guanabana and more: these are the exotic fruits of Cartagena, Colombia, where fruit stands act as community centers and tropical fruits taste like candy. More

Latin American Cuisine: Roasted Ripe Plantains with Cream and Sugar

Latin Cuisine J. Kenji López-Alt 6 comments

Four ingredients—a ripe plantain, heavy cream, sugar, and cinnamon—get roasted together until the sugar is lightly caramelized and the cream has soaked into the plantain, turning its texture rich and custard-like, almost like a plantain pudding. It takes all of three minutes to throw together (five if you're really terrible at peeling plantains), plus a short stay in the oven, and you've got a crave-worthy dessert hot and ready to go. More

Colombian-style Cottage Pie

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

This Colombian take on a cottage pie is flavored with tomatoes and onions and topped with creamy mashed yuca. More

Colombian-style Barbecued Beef Ribs

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

The best part of the steak is always the fatty, crispy bits near the bones. Here's a secret: You don't have to eat the steak first. This recipe for Colombian-style beef rib barbecue delivers the goods. Fat will render. Connective tissue will soften. Bark will be formed. Dinner will be had. More

Latin Cuisine: Five Ingredient, One Pot, 30-Minute Colombian Chicken Stew

Latin Cuisine J. Kenji López-Alt 24 comments

This is the first—and probably tastiest—dish that my wife ever taught me how to cook from her home in Bogotá, high in the mountains of Colombia. The Capital city of 10 million people sits in a valley at over 8,000 feet above sea level, which means that the pressure cooker is a staple in pretty much every kitchen. This extraordinarily simple chicken and potato stew uses just five ingredients (ok, seven if you count salt and pepper), but the flavor that comes out after a brief cook under pressure is complex, rich, and filling. More

Colombian Chicken Stew with Potatoes, Tomato, and Onion

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 20 comments

The pressure cooker is a central part of the cuisine of the Colombian Andes. This extraordinarily simple chicken and potato stew uses just five ingredients (ok, seven if you count salt and pepper), but the flavor that comes out after a brief cook under pressure is complex, rich, and filling. More

Latin American Cuisine: How To Make Colombian Style Shrimp Ceviche Cocktail

J. Kenji López-Alt 11 comments

It's totally understandable that my future wife thought that I might judge her (not to mention her culture and her cuisine) for serving me cooked shrimp dressed with a mixture of bottled mayonnaise and ketchup, served on top of Saltine crackers, no less. And really, that's all that Colombian-style shrimp cocktail is. And yet, it's much, much more. Fragrant with onions and lime juice with a hint of heat and a bright acidity, the best shrimp cocktail should have tiny shrimp that are totally packed with flavor while maintaining a tender, nearly crisp bite to them. More

Coctel De Camarones (Colombian-style Shrimp Ceviche Cocktail)

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Note: For best results, use small, raw, shell-on shrimp and peel yourself (shelled shrimp tend to be a little mangled). Avoid par-cooked shrimp, as they will not absorb flavor properly. Traditional Colombian-style coctel is made with... More

Latin American Cuisine: Colombian Arepas

J. Kenji López-Alt 20 comments

The most basic arepas in the Bogotá region are made with starchy white corn flour pressed into cakes about 1/4-inch thick then griddled. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. You'll find arepas stuffed with cheese and baked on hot stones in coal-fired ovens. Arepas with sour milk cheese worked right into the dough. Arepas made like a pancake with sweet corn on a hot griddle. Golden yellow deep-fried puffy arepas split open and stuffed with an egg. Tiny arepitas eaten as a snack. Move out of Colombia into Venezuela, and you'll find thicker arepas split open and stuffed with fillings ranging from cheese and beans to pork or shrimp. More

Cheese-Stuffed Colombian-style Arepas

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 7 comments

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Notes: Masarepa is dehydrated cooked corn meal. It is available in the Latin section of most supermarkets in wither white or yellow varieties. This recipe calls for white, but they can be freely substituted. Popular brands... More

Colombian-style Arepas (Griddled or Grilled Corn Cakes)

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 4 comments

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Notes: Masarepa is dehydrated cooked corn meal. It is available in the Latin section of most supermarkets in wither white or yellow varieties. This recipe calls for white, but they can be freely substituted. Popular brands... More

9 Krusty Burger Knock-Offs

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 24 comments

After seeing that gem of a Hamburguesas Krusty in Bolivia, I dug around the Internet (okay, not much digging) to find these other Simpsons-inspired Krusty Burgers, mostly hailing from Spanish-speaking countries. Alas, no word on how the burgers taste. More

Barbecue and Fried Fish: Foods of the Colombian Llanos

J. Kenji López-Alt 16 comments

Colombia is nothing if not diverse. While in the mountains around Bogotá hearty, rib-sticking stews and soup dominate the cuisine, just 90 kilometers east, at the start of the Llanos—the vast plains that sweep across the south-eastern half of the country—barbecue reigns supreme. More

A Guide to Tropical Fruit in South America

J. Kenji López-Alt 61 comments

Have you ever tried to eat 30 different fruits in one sitting? Don't. Your stomach will thank you. Trust me, it's not nearly as fun as it sounds. All in the line of duty, I suppose. South America's tropical fruit, however, are fantastic. Get to know 30 different kinds—from anón to zapote. More

Deal of the Day: Cafecito Bogota

New York Erin Zimmer 1 comment

This Saturday, Cafecito Bogota is giving away 50 free fruit cholados—a Colombian treat somewhere between a fruit salad and smoothie—starting at 1 p.m. 1015 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint Brooklyn (at Green Street; map); 718-569-0077... More

Qué tal Las Hamburguesas? Fast Food Burger Match, Colombia vs. USA

A Hamburger Today J. Kenji López-Alt 15 comments

Editor's note: J. Kenji Alt is a serious, possibly crazy (in a good way) burger fiend, having attempted to make a Blumenburger and successfully eaten 12 burgers in eight hours. Now you can read his report about two of the... More

McDonald's to Offer Olympics-Inspired Menus Around the World

A Hamburger Today Emily Koh 14 comments

To celebrate the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, McDonald's is beefing up its menus around the world. The "China Menu" in Colombia and Argentina will offer the Beijing Burger—a patty topped with chop suey and ginger sauce on a bun... More

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