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An interesting Christmas tradition in Peru is "Takanakuy" or "Fighting." This tradition takes place on Christmas Day, December 25th, in some rural communities in the Andean region and holds a unique significance.
During Takanakuy, people come together to resolve conflicts and disagreements from the past year. This is done through organized mock fights or fistfights. Participants wear traditional clothing and gloves to prevent injuries and engage in controlled bouts.
The Takanakuy tradition serves to resolve conflicts, settle disputes, and promote reconciliation, allowing the community to start the new year with a fresh slate. It's also an opportunity for social interaction and entertainment, as the mock fights are accompanied by music and festivities.
Takanakuy is a unique Christmas tradition that demonstrates how different cultures emphasize the importance of peace and reconciliation during the holiday season in unconventional ways.
Recipe Pavo a la Navideña
"Pavo a la Navideña" is a popular Peruvian dish served specifically during Christmas. It is a festive roasted turkey prepared in the Peruvian style. The dish combines traditional Peruvian flavors with the festive spirit of Christmas.
Pavo a la Navideña is traditionally sliced and served with the hearty stuffing. It is often accompanied by side dishes like potatoes, vegetables, and sauces.
Peruvian cuisine is known for its rich flavors and spices, and Pavo a la Navideña is no exception. The dish is a festive centerpiece of the Peruvian Christmas meal and is enjoyed by families and friends as they gather for the celebrations.
Here's a recipe for Peruvian Pavo a la Navideña:
For the Turkey:
• 1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds)
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil or lard
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• Salt and pepper
For the Stuffing:
• 4 cups fresh bread crumbs
• 1 cup onions, finely chopped
• 1 cup carrots, finely chopped
• 1 cup celery, finely chopped
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
• 3 bay leaves
• 1/2 cup raisins
• 1/2 cup green olives
• 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
• 1/2 cup sliced almonds
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
• Salt and pepper to taste
Preparing the Turkey:
1. In a bowl, mix the vegetable oil or lard, minced garlic, ground cumin, dried oregano, salt, and pepper to create a marinade.
2. Wash the turkey inside and out, then pat it dry with paper towels.
3. Rub the marinade mixture all over the turkey, both inside and outside. Cover it and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
Preparing the Stuffing:
1. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery, and sauté until they soften.
2. Stir in the fresh bread crumbs, paprika, ground allspice, bay leaves, and raisins. Cook for a few minutes until the ingredients are well mixed.
3. Remove the skillet from heat and remove the bay leaves. Stir in the green olives, sliced almonds, and hard-boiled eggs. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
Filling and Roasting:
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. Stuff the marinated turkey with the prepared stuffing. Truss the turkey with kitchen twine to secure the filling.
3. Place the turkey in a roasting pan, breast side up. Cover it with foil.
4. Roast the turkey in the preheated oven for about 3-4 hours or until the turkey is fully cooked. Remove the foil during the last hour of roasting to allow the skin to brown.
Let the turkey rest for about 20-30 minutes before carving. Serve the slices of turkey with the stuffing and your choice of side dishes.
Pavo a la Navideña is a delicious and festive dish that's perfect for celebrating Christmas the Peruvian way. Enjoy your holiday meal!
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