Pepian is among the 4 national dishes of Guatemala. Pepian is hot, hearty, simple, yet complex. In Guatemala, pepian has as many variations as there are cooks. Here is my recipe for a simpler version of this sauce. Serve with white rice.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
5 cups
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; place tomatoes, tomatillos, onion, and garlic into the hot skillet and stir until vegetables are lightly charred, about 20 minutes. Remove vegetables from skillet; stir sesame and pumpkin seeds into the hot skillet, stirring until seeds are lightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

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  • Toast baguette slice in a toaster. Place baguette slice, tomatoes, onion, garlic, sesame seeds, cilantro, salt, and black peppercorns into a blender; pulse several times to chop, then blend the mixture until smooth. Pour 3 cups chicken broth into blender and puree again.

  • Strain blended sauce through a sieve and pour into a large saucepan; stir olive oil into sauce. Place over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and cook for 3 minutes. Stir chayote, potatoes, and corn into sauce; stir in 3 cups chicken broth. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until chayote and potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

When the vegetables are cooked and soft, you can add your choice of previously cooked chicken, pork, or beef.

Nutrition Facts

319 calories; protein 8.4g 17% DV; carbohydrates 44.6g 14% DV; fat 13.6g 21% DV; cholesterol 5mg 2% DV; sodium 1386.3mg 56% DV. Full Nutrition

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04/16/2016
Great recipe--did add cinnamon cloves and oregano. Serving tonight with rice and pork tenderloin. Dixie in Eolia Read More