When you think of the greatest foods from different Hispanic countries, you just have to think about ceviche. As Serious Eats points out, ceviche rivals sushi and crudo for the top spot when it comes to simple, delicious seafood dishes. For 2,000 years, Peruvians — thought to be the originators of the first recetas for this dish — worked on and perfected this amazing food. Eventually, as colonization spread throughout the Atlantic, Mexico, Spain, and many other Hispanic nations put their own flare into this classic dish. Why shouldn’t you do the same?
Three Simple Variations on Ceviche That Will Knock Your Socks Off
- Try an Original Ceviche Recipe
- Deconstruct This Pillar of Hispanic Food
- Go Full Shellfish
If you’ve never had it, writes the Fiery Foods and Barbecue Supersite, you need to try one of the first recetas de comida for ceviche. In other words, you need to try this amazing dish in the Peruvian-style. The big difference? This style uses sweet corn and potatoes to make this a much more hardy version than you’ll find elsewhere.
Deconstructing flavors and rebuilding dishes in a different way has been a big trend in both molecular gastronomy and more traditional culinary traditions for the last decade. As Stylist.co.uk points out, many chefs have been deconstructing ceviche, using the flavors to produce a familiar but altogether new version of this dish. For instance, using the same flavors and acids to marinate a tuna steak results in a fusion of sashimi and ceviche. Sound delicious? It is.
Let’s face it: after a while, going the classic route of using seabass, flounder, and haddock for your ceviche can get boring. Why not go a typically Floridian or Mexican route and just use shellfish? If you’ve never had a version of this dish that is just a wonderland of citrus and chile flavors accenting beautiful spiny lobster flesh, you are absolutely missing out. Don’t like lobster? Shrimp and crab work just as well.
What do you do to set your ceviche apart from others? Let us know in the comment section below!