Something Fishy...

This is just one of dozens of containers that made up the "World's Largest Ceviche."

In a recent post I described a variety of special honors that Peru is famous for. Today we can add another achievement to the list: The world's largest dish of Ceviche! Ceviche is perhaps the most popular dish in Peru. It is made up of fish or shellfish mixed with red onion, yellow chilli peppers all marinated in lemon juice. It is interesting to note that the fish is raw!

This past weekend a group of nearly 450 people gathered in a local stadium to prepare the dish. It weighed in at an incredible 6.8 tons! During the preparation a crowd of neighbors gathered and hundreds flooded in to eat all they wanted of the national dish.

Perhaps your curious and would like to sample this delicacy. Here is a simple recipe to try:

1 Kilo (2.2 pounds) of founder or other white fish cut into small pieces
2 red onions, pealed and cut long
4 yellow chillies with seeds and veins removed
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1/2 cup chopped parsley

Combine all the ingredients carefully. Leave the mixture to marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour in the refrigerator. Mix once more before serving. (That's right it is uncooked...) Enjoy!

Maybe someday i'll take the time to tell you the story of the first time I ate Ceviche.