Picarones is a Peruvian dessert that originated in the colonial period. Its principal ingredients are squash and sweet potato. It is served in a doughnut form and covered with syrup, made from chancaca (solidified molasses). It is traditional to serve picarones when people prepare anticuchos, another traditional Peruvian dish. Picarones were created during the colonial period to replace Buñuelos as buñuelos were too expensive to make.
Peruvian Rocoto Relleno is a type of pepper (Rocoto) that Peruvians say is one of the oldest peppers in existence, first planted by the Inca and could be as old as 5000 years. It is a hot pepper, which they stuff with a meat combination of beef, onions, peppers, raisins, hard boiled egg, olives, cumin and paprika. The spiciness of the pepper with the meat mixture and the creaminess of the melted cheese is an incredible combinación. Enjoy