Paraguayan Food


Food has always been a big and important part of the Paraguayan culture. What they eat define who they are. On a normal, sunny day, as you walk through the town, you would see groups of Paraguayan gathering and passing around the tereré. People usually gather on weekends to have a big asado with their family or friends. Food is what connects and brings the people together in the Paraguayan culture. Some traditional foods are Mbeyu, sopa paraguaya, chipa guazu, chipa, payagua mascada, pastel mandio, milanesa, empanada, tallarin, guiso, croquetas, vori vori, mandioca, dulce de guayaba, mate/terere/cocido, flan, pave, etc.

…Recipes…
Sopa Paraguaya
Ingredients:
• 1 kg corn meal
• 200g lard
• ½ kg onions (chopped)
• 1 sp. Salt
• ½ Paraguayan cheese
• 6 eggs (beat)
• 1 liter milk
Preparation:
1. Make a sauce with the lard, chopped onions, salt, and a little bit of water.
2. Let sauce cool off and mix in the corn meal, eggs, cheese, and milk
3. Mix well
4. Pour mixture into a greased pan and bake for approximately an hour.
5. Serve hot

Chipa Guazu
Ingredients:
• 1 Kg. Grounded corn
• ¾ cups lard
• 1 big onion
• 1 spoon rock slat
• some water
• 6 eggs (beat)
• ½ kg. Paraguayan cheese
• 3 cups of milk
Preparation:
1. Make sauce with the lard, onion, salt, and water
2. Let <1> cool off and mix in ground corn
3. Add in the eggs, cheese, and milk. Mix.
4. Pour mixture into greased pan and bake for 50-60 minutes


Vori Vori
Ingredients:
• 1 chicken breast (3 kg.) witth skin (can substitute beef if wished)
• 4 liters of water (or chicken soup)
• 500 g. toasted onions
• 500g. carrots
• 200g. red and green peppers
• 3 leaves of garlic
• 300g. celery
• Perejil and oregano
• 500g. tomatoes
• 500g. pumpkin
• salt and pepper
For the vori…
• 700 g. of corn meal
• 350g. Paraguayan cheese
• Chicken Soup

Preparation:
1. In a pan, cook chicken till golden crisp
2. Remove the chicken and save for later. In the same pan, cook the chopped vegetable in the following order: onions, garlic, pepper, carrot, pumpkin, and tomato. Cook well and add in soup/water; cook till boil
3. Add in the chicken from <1> and the oregano
4. For the vori: mix all ingredients well to form dough. (make into balls)
5. Add in the vori <4>, cheese, and a little bit more of the chicken soup to <3>.
6. Cook for approximately 10 minutes.
7. Serve with chopped perejil.
Chipa Mestizo
Ingredients:
• 1 kg manioc flour
• 300g corn meal
• 250g. margarine
• 5 eggs
• 1 sp. Rock salt
• 500 g. Paraguayan cheese
• 2 sp. Anis
• Milk
Preparation:
1. Beat eggs
2. Add in margarine and mix
3. Mix in the anis and salt with some water
4. Add in the manioc flour, corn meal, and cheese
5. Mix well
6. Form dough (with hands) and add in milk (quantity needed)
7. Make into shapes (personal preference)
8. Bake for 30 minutes.
9. Serve cold or hot


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