Many kinds of corn grow in Peru, including the giant Andean corn that is used in our Chocolo con Queso, or corn on the cob with fresh cheese, served as a special at our restaurante peruano. There is also purple corn, which is used to make our Maiz Morado, a fruit and cinnamon flavored drink. But if you love crunchy, salty snacks, try maiz cancha, or Peruvian toasting corn. Similar to corn nuts, maiz cancha is a delightfully addictive appetizer or treat. It’s often served with ceviche. Just pop the corn in some vegetable oil in a covered pot, and season with salt. Serve warm or at room temperature. You won’t find authentic maiz cancha in every grocery store, but it is available online. Buy maiz cancha by following the link.
February 6, 2012