I come from a family that loves good cuisine. On my mother’s side - from my grandmother Eva to myself - we all love to cook, celebrate and enjoy the pleasures of family life with good friends, good food and toasting to life and health!
My aunt Gladisita, as we affectionately call her, is the party animal of the family; she celebrates everything. She loves Chile, its people, its customs, its cuisine and its accent. From her I learned the recipe that I will share today: the one and only delicious pastel de choclo (corn pie) that she makes for every special occasion, especially when I visit her every time I travel to my Venezuela!
Pastel de choclo is a traditional dish that’s very popular in Chile, made with a skim mixture of corn, filled with beef or chicken, or both in the same pie. It is made in the oven in a big pan or individual ones.
It’s a very popular dish in South America; we can find it in popular recipes in Argentina, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, among others, each with its own variations. Some add eggs, basil, raisins and even black olives, but the taste is basically the same.
Join me on this imaginary trip to the beautiful country by the name of Chile!