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Uniquely Columbian recipes?
August 15, 2012 4:05 AM   Subscribe

A relative is about to head off to Bogota for work. What uniquely Columbian food can I make for the going-away picnic?
posted by stefnet to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Tamales using banana leaves instead of corn husks are pretty Colombian. Here's a recipe I've never tried. I had a Colombian family serve them to me many years ago.
posted by Stewriffic at 5:15 AM on August 15, 2012

Colombian empanadas are very distinctive; pan-fried, with fillings that generally include potatoes or rice, and a cornmeal crust. This recipe looks pretty solid.
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:44 AM on August 15, 2012

posted by brorfred at 6:06 AM on August 15, 2012

Tamales using banana leaves instead of corn husks are pretty Colombian.

And you make them big, with lots of different fillings all crammed into the same tamale. The way I've had them, they've included beef, pork, chicken, potatoes, peas and carrots, and one tamale is big enough to be a full meal for one person.
posted by infinitywaltz at 7:23 AM on August 15, 2012

Ajiaco is delicious, but I'm getting an error on that page — here's another recipe.
posted by good day merlock at 8:27 AM on August 15, 2012

How about arepas? These are everywhere in colombia. They're usually topped or filled with cheese but you can use butter, meat, or pretty much whatever.
posted by btkuhn at 11:59 AM on August 15, 2012

Having traveled the world twice and now living in a foreign country, my advice is not to make anything columbian at all! It's all your friend is going to be eating for the forseeable future and will most likely be sick of in no time. I miss the variety of food options at home so badly (home=USA) that whenever I go back I do nothing but eat indian, thai, chinese, greek, etc...
posted by postergeist at 4:52 PM on August 15, 2012 [1 favorite]

Thanks everyone! And yes, I realized immediately after posting this on my phone that I spelled COLOMBIA wrong. Argh.
posted by stefnet at 7:03 PM on August 15, 2012

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