WHAT WE’RE COOKING
La Sierra Cuisine in The Andes, Peru
This month, we’re taking a trip to the Andes for La Sierra cuisine, where the main ingredients are potatoes, roasted chicken and the famous Peruvian aji amarillo. Peru’s culinary heritage is a fusion of many different cultures and migrations- from ancient Inca traditions, to the arrival of Spanish conquistadores, to Afro-Peruvian influences and an influx of immigrants from China and Japan.
We’ve included some of the most famous spices from Peru in each of our blends: smoked paprika, aji amarillo and pink peppercorns- just to name a few. Have fun with this month’s spice and recipes or get creative and show us your own dishes and cooking creations.
May’s Peruvian Inspired Spice Blends
This ancho chili and smoky paprika rub is used to create a juicy, smoky Peruvian chicken, roasted in a perfectly blended marinade of olive oil, lime juice, garlic and our freshly ground spices. This smoky, spicy blend pairs well with sausages, shrimp, chicken, tofu or hearty vegetables such as eggplant.
The bright orange, full-bodied aji amarillo chile is the star of this spice blend. This chile offers a lot of fruitiness given its heat level. We’ve blended this freshly ground, dried chile with coriander, basil, mustard seed and other spices- which makes for a great coating for roasted sweet potato wedges. This blend is also perfect for cooking rice.
Originating in Peru, these pink peppercorns have a peppery bite with a sweet, fruity flavor and had a heavy influence on Peruvian cuisine. We’ve included pink Himalayan sea salt to this blend, which pairs perfectly when sprinkled lightly on sweet dishes like ice cream, melons or chocolate or light, savory dishes such as scallops or salmon.
Peruvian Spice Rub
Aji Amarillo Spices
Pink Peppercorn Blend