Anticuchos (singular anticucho, Quechua for Cut Stew Meat) are popular and inexpensive dishes that originated in Peru, and popular also in other Andean states consisting of small pieces of grilled skewered meat. Anticuchos can be readily found on street-carts and street food stalls (anticucheras). The meat may be marinated in vinegar and spices (such as cumin, aji pepper and garlic), and while anticuchos can be made of any type of meat, the most popular are made of beef heart (anticuchos de corazon). Anticuchos often come with a boiled potato or bread on the end of the skewer.
Usually they're seasoned with salt to taste and thick and sometimes with vinegar or lemon juice. A popular dressing is a sauce made from garlic, onion and cilantro chopped, vinegar, lemon juice and beer, the sauce is spread on anticuchos with a bunch of parsley. Anticuchos are, usually, not the main course of a meal, but instead an accompaniment to grilled meats along with other side dishes such as; choripanes, potatoes, sausages and salads.
A similar dish, shish-kebab is found in Mediterranean cuisine. It is considered one of the most popular and typical in some countries of this continent. In Peru it is a tradition from colonial times and is linked to the procession of Señor de los Milagros.
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