November 20, 2008

Recipe: Choros a la Chalaca

One of the most traditional marine dishes of the Peruvian coast, the "Choros a la Chalaca" (Chalaca style mussels) is delicious, refreshing and exotic.

36 mussels (boiled until open, left intact on a half shell)
6 tomatoes (I use roma, finely diced)
3/4 cup cilantro (diced)
1 small red onion (finely minced)
1 (16 ounce) can yellow peppers (aji amarillo)
1 tablespoon msg
2 limes, juice of

First of all, place the can of aji amarillos with their juices in a blender and puree for 1 minutes.
Then, place the tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and blended aji's in a large bowl.
Add the msg and the lime juice.
Place the mussels on a half shell on a serving platter and top each with one tablespoon of the Aji mixture.
Finally, serve with a nice cold beer and enjoy!

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