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Monday, June 23, 2014

Chile: Street Food Bite and Booze of the 2014 World Cup





It's time for another stop along the street food guide to the FIFA World Cup 2014! Like most South American countries, Chile (playing the Netherlands at 11am CDT) has a culinary culture that feeds off of the land. Both coastal and agricultural, their foods typically consist of shellfish, beef, and exotic game like llama. They are also big on empanadas and sopaipillas. Let's take a look at the special Chilean sopaipilla and their version of the sangria, the Borgoña!








Photo Credit: southamericanfood.about.com
Photo Credit: southamericanfood.about.com

Sopaipillas are both a sweet treat and an everyday grab and go street food in most South American countries. You may be used to fluffy cinnamon pastries drizzled with honey, but in Chile they put pumpkin in their dough and are more like fritters. The pumpkin gives the dough a natural sweetness and brings a thickness to the texture. Try them out and let me know what you think!







Photo Credit: thelatinkitchen.com
Photo Credit: thelatinkitchen.com


Sangria is a crowd pleaser, no matter where you're from! In Chile, Borgoña is served in massive pitchers for everyone around the table to enjoy. Simple and delicious, Borgoña is usually prepared with sliced strawberries or peaches macerated in sugar and mid-low level white wine (usually a sauvignon blanc). This is an extremely refreshing cocktail to be consumed during any gathering. Grab some local fresh fruit and get after it!