Haute for Peru
Delight attendees with high-end Peruvian cuisine.
Looking to spice up your dinner selection? Look no further than one of the latest global food trends, cuisine straight from Peru. What’s behind the rise in demand for Peruvian flavor? The country offers some of the most varied cuisine in the world, combining pre-Inca staples with Spanish, African, Asian, French and Italian influences. And the good news for your next meeting or event (from a boardroom lunch to a banquet-style celebration) is that it’s easy to incorporate these exciting flavors into stations, small plates and a full-on meal featuring several courses.
By now, you’re probably familiar with this staple, as ceviche is fairly prevalent in other types of cuisine, too. But the seafood dish Peruvian style typically features raw fish, squid and octopus mixed with a citrus-infused broth that cooks it ever so slightly. The best part? Ceviche can be divided into small portions that allow guests to grab and go.
Who doesn’t love the humble potato? Peruvians feel the same way; you’d be hard-pressed to find an element of this cuisine that doesn’t celebrate the potato. One of the more popular potato-centric dishes is called causa: a type of layered casserole that features potatoes, avocados and usually meat or eggs. The dish is sliced and served cold and — trust us — is delicious.
Okay, hear us out on this one. The presence of cuy — guinea pig — in Peruvian cooking may be tough to stomach. But cuy is a historically important meat in Peruvian culture, and it’s still served as a delicacy in many places. Cuy is typically served whole, and the taste is likened to that of rabbit or wild fowl.
Stir It Up
Comparable to a stir-fry of sorts, lomo saltado combines beef, tomatoes, peppers and onions with fried potatoes and sauce and is served over rice. Found in every region throughout the country, this is a Peruvian favorite (and a must for even the pickiest eater).
On a Stick
Anticuchos, a popular street food of Peru, are as simple (and delicious) as it gets — marinated meat served on a stick. Delicious, easy on the go and perfect for cocktail hour.
Okay, so we’re talking rotisserie chicken — but this isn’t your typical supermarket find. Peruvian chicken is marinated in a mouthwatering blend of herbs and spices before being roasted on a spit, and it's usually served with a side of vegetables (and, of course, potatoes). Give it a personal twist by letting your guests select their marinade.