Hot Stone Baking / Pachamanca

CitizenFood Sat, 02/07/2009 - 15:13

Serves 20

Ingredients :

2 legs of lamb
20 pork chops
4 chickens
20 humitas
20 potatoes
20 sweet potatoes
20 ocas
Fava beans
10 corn ears cut in half
10 green bananas
2 cups sundried red aji panca (chili)
Pepper
Salt
2 punds cheese
Banana leaves

Preparation:

Dig a hole in the ground where the Pachamanca is going to be prepared.

Make a fire and heat stones. Once they are hot, carefully transfer a layer of stones covering the bottom of the hole.

Place, on top of the stones the potatoes sweet potatoes and ocas. Place some hot stones on top.

In the second layer place the meats seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, and aji (optional: paprika). The most common meats used in the Pachamanca are: lamb, baby goat, pork and chicken. Sage and Paico leaves can be scattered on top of the meats to enhance flavor.

Place a larger amount of stones on top of the meats, as they take longer to cook.

Cover all with banana leaves, to protect food and avoid contact with dust.

Place humitas, fava beans, cheese in pieces, bananas and corn. Cover again with banana leaves and a close-woven blanket to keep the temperature. On top seal the Pachamanca with dry soil.
Usually a cross is placed on the top. This cross will be removed from the Pachamanca by the "godfather" who will start opening it.

Cooking time for the Pachamanca varies from 2 to 3 hours.

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