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We Can’t Stop Cooking with These 10 Peruvian Pantry Staples

Ceviche, lomo saltado, causa limeña—Peruvian food is famous for its bold flavors and melting-pot dishes that draw from African, Asian, and European cuisines. But whether you’re holed up in a fishing village on the Pacific coast or dining atop a jagged peak of the Andes, you’ll find culinary through-lines in a handful of pantry mainstays …

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Charred Squash with Sardo Cheese, Mint, and Fresh Greens

This shoulder season salad has one indispensable ingredient: fire. Regardless of time of year, the recipe takes full advantage of whatever gourds are available. Hot wood fire draws depth and texture from watery summer squash and cucumbers, which are cooked until just al-dente, while a longer roast turns starchier red kuri pumpkins creamy and tender. …

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Whole Grilled Fish Stuffed with Brussels Sprouts and Lemon

Sábalo is a fresh river fish native to the Paraná River and it is amongst these water’s most prized catches. Found from Paraguay down to the river’s end in the Argentine province of Entre Ríos, this bottom feeder prefers deeper waters that can elude even the most dedicated fisherman. To replicate the flavor, look for …

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The Pickled Perfection of Honduras’s Encurtido Is Worth The Trek

My Tio Lenchito—my mother’s brother—is a chatty kind of guy. On one particular family trip back to Honduras in 2010, he wouldn’t stop talking about this seemingly magical fish shack at the edge of El Lago de Yojoa. He claimed this was the place to get the most delicious fried fish and encurtido. So one …

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Encurtido Recipe (Spicy Honduran Picked Vegetables)

Whether in San Pedro Sula, the Bronx, or New Orleans, any local Honduran baleada spot will have a version of this pungent, Latin American condiment. Used to add bright crunch to all sorts of dishes from breakfast to dinner, the thinly sliced vegetable medley may be either quick-pickled in vinegar (as in this recipe from …

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