The Main Ingredient Of These Dishes? Guinea Pig!

When it comes to classic Andean cuisine, the guinea pig is one of the main ingredients. Here are five dishes that make use of this tasty and nutritious animal:

1. Cuy al horno (Baked Guinea Pig): This traditional Peruvian dish is made by marinating the guinea pig in a mixture of herbs and spices, wrapping it up in banana leaves, and baking the entire package. Along with the main ingredient, this dish is packed with flavorful ingredients like garlic, onions, oregano, cumin, pepper, chili flakes, olive oil and white wine.

2. Cabrito a la NorteƱa (Grilled Guinea Pig): This specialty from the Northern region of Peru is prepared by marinating the guinea pig with onions, garlic, cumin and bay leaves in vinegar before being grilled over an open fire. It’s usually served with boiled potatoes and corn on the cob as accompaniments.

3. Cuy Chactado (Fried Guinea Pig): This dish is made by marinating the guinea pig in a mixture of herbs, spices and beer before frying it in oil until crisp. It’s usually served with sides such as potatoes, rice and salad.

4. Cau-Cau de Cuy (Guinea Pig Stew): This Peruvian stew is made by simmering the guinea pig with potatoes, onions, garlic and spices. It’s usually thickened with mashed yellow potatoes or aji amarillo paste, making it creamy and flavorful.

5. Patasca de Cuy (Guinea Pig Soup): This hearty soup is made with the guinea pig, hominy, potatoes and peas. It’s usually flavored with herbs and spices like cumin and chili flakes to give it a spicy kick.