Colombia: Bandeja Paisa

Bandeja paisa, (spanish for “Paisa Platter“) also known as bandeja de arriero, bandeja montañera, or bandeja antioqueña, is a typical fusion cuisine Colombian dish. It is very popular, especially in the Paisa Region departments (Antioquia, the Colombian Coffee-Growers Axis, (Caldas Department, Quindio, Risaralda) and part of Valle del Cauca

Bandeja Paisa origin was influenced by several different cultures that inhabited Colombia throughout the centuries, including the Indigenous peoples of Colombia, as well as colonial Spaniards and Africans. In the 19th century, there was presence of French and British colonialists who brought their cuisine with them. [2]

The current form and presentation of the Paisa Platter is relatively recent. There are no references in the food writing about this dish before 1950. It is probably, an interpretation of the local restaurants of simpler peasant dishes. One of its most prominent features is the juxtaposition of native american and European ingredients, which is also observed in other mestizo dishes of Latin American cuisine, such as venezuelan Pabellón criollo or Costa Rican Gallo Pinto.

Ingredients:

Paisa Platter must be served in large oval-shaped trays. There are 13 main ingredients that must be present for the dish to be considered a canonical Bandeja Paisa:

Side dish:

There are several variants of the dish all over the country with deletion or addition of ingredients, which cannot be recognized as Bandeja Paisa in stricto sensu. Some Antioquian restaurants offer an “extended” Bandeja Paisa, also known as “Seven Meats Platter” which contains, besides the afforementioned ingredients: grilled steak, grilled pork and Liver. A dieting friendly version of the dish is very popular inBogota, which replaces pork with grilled chicken breast, black pudding with salad and chorizo with a weenie. -(Wikepedia)

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