Anticuchos are a heritage of the Colony days from Peru and Chile,
actually from those countries where the influence of Spanish conquerors
was greater. The Spaniards used to let the slaves they brought from
Africa eat the cattle parts they didn’t like, such as the heart
and other internal organs. Therefore, slaves tried to make their food
look as nice and attractive as possible. They cut the hearts, (after
having them marinated all night before) in small pieces, and added
onions and peppers for better taste. Slowly this started getting popular
to other layers of society. Anticuchos were also prepared with llama
meat in those days. And it was exported to all the west part of America.
In Chile this got to be very popular, having different additions to
make it more delicious.
(All the ingredients are cut in thin slices, of about one inch per
Different cuts of meats, or cows’ hearts, or chicken’s
hearts, sausages, hot dogs, beef, or pork.
Salt, pepper and oregano
Put in a bowl all the different kinds of meat for two or three hours,
pouring over them vinegar, oregano, salt and let it soak there.
In brochettes sticks you put the meat, then a piece of onion, then
red pepper and all this repeated. If you wish to make it fancier,
you can add, cocktail tomatoes, artichokes, all cut in pieces the
same size and put it in a grill to cook.
You must keep turning the sticks, so that the anticuchos are well
done all around, but being careful that you don’t let them at
the fire too long, because they get to be too dry.
Great to be served with mashed potatoes and salads.
Notice: don’t forget the red peppers. They are the most important
ingredient, so use them in abundance.