Mealtime Monday – Hot Snacks

Peruvian Canchas - Toasted Corn Snacks

Canchas are a popular snack across Peru and Ecuador.  Restaurants and bars take the dried kernals from a special variety of corn, toss them in oil and then fry them in a hot, hot skillet until they puff up.  I suppose they’re like corn nuts, but ten million times better (especially when served like this, with a heavy sprinkling of coarse sea salt).  I ate all of these while waiting for a meal that never arrived at a little restaurant in the Paracas Natural Reserve, just a few hours south of Lima.

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