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Hallacas
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Have you try our main specialty?  Hallacas [ay-YAH-kahs]
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HallacasOne the most exotic is undoubtedly the Hallaca a Venezuelan national dish.

It combines the indigenous bananas leaves, a rich Spanish filling of beef, chicken, pork, olives and vegetables, with aromatic African spices. 

The traditional Hallaca is made by extending a plantain leaf, greasing it with a spoonful of colored cooking oil (see Onoto) and spreading a round portion of corn dough (roughly 30 cm), which is then sprinkled with pieces of stewed meat (pork, poultry, beef, lard, crisp pork rind, etc.), raisins, nuts, pepper, onion, capers, filled olives and occasionally bacon.

Afterwards, it is skillfully wrapped in a rectangular fashion, and tied with string in a typical square mesh or wrap-around foil paper, before its cooking in boiling water. (We don't wrap in with a string, in order to meet the standard of our health permit, we use the banana leaf along with aluminum foil to wrap the Hallacas.
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Occasionally, after making a number of hallacas, the remaining portion of ingredients is mixed together in order to obtain a uniform dough. The dough undergoes the same Hallaca wrap and cooking preparation, although typically smaller in size and much fewer in number. The result is called "Bollo"  and resemble Mexican tamales. They are offered as a lighter option to the Hallaca, at dinnertime for example.

After cooking, Hallacas can be frozen, and in this condition endure several weeks of conservation without flavor changes.
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Hallacas are South America's version of TAMALES. They consist of ground beef, pork or chicken mixed with other foods such as bacon, olives or raisins, surrounded by a ground-corn dough, wrapped in banana leaves and gently boiled. Hallacas are served as both an appetizer and main dish.

Brief History
Latin-American culture is a mixture of indigenous, European and African influences. The strong contrast of flavor and color in the food reflect this.

One the most exotic is undoubtedly the Hallaca, Venezuelan national dish. It combines the indigenous bananas leaves, a rich Spanish filling of beef, chicken, pork, olives and vegetables, with aromatic African spices.

Its origin is unclear. It could have arisen from the Spanish colonists homesickness for their tasty and elaborate meals. On this view we might relate the Hallacas to the Empanada Gallega.

Another theory attributes the Hallaca to Venezuelan rich ranches where servants and slaves used the leftovers from the tables of their masters, whose meals had a distinctly European character. Adapting these eclectic ingredients to their African and indigenous tastes, the slaves created one of the most creative, flavorful and richly seasoned Latin-American dish.

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