Ceviche...si, por favor!

December 14, 2007

It's cold outside and the fire's going, you'd think I'd want a nice hot soup. But, no, I want ceviche! Normally I think of this as a warm-weather dish: chilled, citrusy, something you'd eat al fresco. But last month we visited El Salvador and the ceviche we had there is still ever-present in my mind. It was perfectly "cooked" and had a wonderful hint of fresh ginger. While not exactly the same this Peruvian recipe looks quite appetizing and encompasses much of what was in our dish. I also love variations with cilantro, mango, avocado, etc.

I've had a difficult time finding a really good, comprehensive ceviche cookbook while there are thousands upon thousands of sushi cookbooks. Why have we not embraced this delicious South American dish con mucho gusto!? For inspiration and entertainment check out Chef Melissa's blog on ceviche, the wrath she endured over her stated provenance of this dish and a great clip of Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations. If you're not familiar with this show and love food and travel (and New York humor) then put this show on your TiVo list.

For even further inspiration check out the beautiful variations of ceviche on Flickr.

Cheers and good eats!