Delicious peruvian meal that you can easily make at home.
The Peruvian Tacacho is a very delicious dish from the jungle. The Tacacho is made from sliced plantan, which is fried,then mashed with chicharones (fried pork fat). It usually accompanied with chorizo (fried sausage) making it a savory combination.
- 4 green plantains
- 5 or 6 slices of bacon
- 4 slices of cooked country ham
- 2 tablespoons butter or lard
- 4 chorizo sausages
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the bacon in a large heavy skillet until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside to cool on paper towels.
- Peel plantains and slice each one in half lengthwise. Place slices in the same skillet that cooked the bacon. Roast plantain over low heat, turning from time to time, until golden brown and soft inside, about 25 minutes. Alternatively, grill plantain slices (rubbed with vegetable oil) over low heat for about 25 minutes, turning frequently).
- Place hot plantains in a bowl with 3 tablespoons lard and mash with a pestle, or heavy spoon or potato masher, until the plantains are well ground up. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Chop bacon. Divide plantain mixture into 8 portions, and shape each one into a ball. Flatten each ball in your hand, pressing a well into the center. Fill with some chopped bacon and cover the bacon with plantain, reforming the ball with the bacon inside. Set plantain fritters aside.
- In the same skillet, fry the chorizo in a half inch of water, turning often, until the water has evaporated. Brown the chorizo on all sides.
- Add the ham to the skillet and fry on both sides until hot. Remove meat and keep warm. Add the plantain fritters to the skillet, adding a little vegetable oil if necessary, and cook them quickly on both sides to warm them up and give them a little crispiness on the outside.
- Serve each plate with 1 slice of ham, 2 plantain fritters, and a chorizo sausage.
Recipe | Peruvian Tacacho
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