Salsa de Mani

Salsa de Mani

Salsa de Mani is a traditional peanut sauce served with cuy (guinea pig) and papas (potatoes). The sauce is made from finely crushed roasted peanuts. A young boy helps by literally blowing the skins off of the roasted peanuts. I enjoyed watching the process and the resulting meal was very tasty! While it is difficult for many North Americans to reconcile eating guinea pig with the idea of the furry animal as a pet, I quickly learned how important cuy are as a traditional food source in Andean culture. Most families in San Bernardo raise cuy. This meal is prepared and served on special occasions, birthdays, weddings, celebrations, and, in this case, a going away party for my brother John. John’s work as a Peace Corps Volunteer was coming to an end and the staff at El Proyecto Inti Ñan honored his service to the community with this special meal.

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