Pabellón Criollo is the national dish of Venezuela. The 5th of July, is Venezuela’s National Day and this yummy dish will most certainly be on lots of Venezuelans’ table.
Pabellón Criollo is said to be representing the union of the Europeans, Africans and Indigenous, which all met in Venezuela after Columbus arrived in the Americas. This dish, indeed, displays three main colors: white (rice), black (beans) and brown (meat). You can also ornate this dish with some fried plantains (called “tajadas” in Venezuela). It is traditionally served with “arepas” (Venezuelan corn bread) and with some white cheese. Accompany this dish with a glass of “Papelón con limón” (lenon juice with brown sugar).
According to Raiza Nieves, the IngredientMatcher Country Chef for Venezuela, this recipe is the most traditional way to prepare Pabellón Criollo. This recipe is very simple and easy to cook. You don’t need to be very skilled, you just need to like cooking and have enough time to prepare it. Raiza invites you to try this recipe, and enjoy a delightful meal from Venezuela!
About the Country Chef
Raiza Nieves is an English teacher who loves cooking and has a bakery called Casa Creativa Gourmet that she runs with her daughter. She was born in Caracas and this is where she learned, at the age of 12, to cook Pabellón.
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