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|Type||Soup or stew|
|Place of origin||Canary Isles and various other places of origin|
|Main ingredients||Meat, vegetables, broth|
|Cookbook: Sancocho Media: Sancocho|
Sancocho (from the Spanish verb sancochar, "to parboil") is a traditional soup (often considered a stew) in several Latin American cuisines derived from the Spanish dish known as cocido. Variations represent popular national dishes in the Canary Islands, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela and stews such as the Corsica, Irish, Danish, German and Italian versions and bouillon in Haiti, pot au feu in France. It usually consists of large pieces of meat, tubers and vegetables served in a broth.
In Venezuela, sancochos are prepared throughout the country, recognized as a typical meal of the weekend, the stew can be beef (usually in the Llanos region), chicken (usually central and western region), beef stomach and shank (simply called "tripe") or goat (here called "goat tripe", typical of western Falcón and Lara states) and fish or seafood (usually East and Caribbean coast), in the case mixing two types of meat (chicken and beef, etc.) is called crossover or "cruzado". Among vegetables and traditional spices for all varieties are yam, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, potato, cassava, jojoto (maize/corn), celery (celeriac), taro (mafafa/malanga), pumpkin (squash), cabbage, Chinese taro, or Chirel hot pepper, cilantro and green or topocho banana. These soups are major Venezuelan cuisine dishes that are not usually accompanied by other foods. Consumed at lunchtime or in the evening, the stew is a common dish in the celebrations, usually served during or after meals, the latter, according to popular belief, to relieve hangover. For this reason, it is typical to serve this dish for lunch on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. Usually served with cassava or with arepas. Some people usually add lemon juice (especially fish). There are variants of the same, as the "cruzado", which is called in this way when it contains two types of meat, and the three-phase, when three types of meat are combined in a stew . Undeniably, the relevance of this dish in the celebrations. It is so that instead of saying you are going to a party, it is common expression "go to a sancocho." Colloquially, it is often simply called "soup". In some regions (as in Zulia state) it is given the name sopón.
Sancocho is a traditional food in Colombia made with many kinds of meat (most commonly chicken, hen, pork ribs, cow ribs, fish and ox tail) along with large pieces of plantain, potato, cassava and/or other vegetables such as tomato, scallion, cilantro, and mazorca (corn on the cob), depending on the region. Some even top it off with fresh cilantro, onion and squeezed lime—a sort of "pico de gallo", minus the tomato; it is also usually served with a side of sliced avocado, and a plate of white rice, which is usually dipped in with each spoonful of soup.
In the "Sierra" of Ecuador, sancocho. also known as fritada. is a comfort food made with pork. In the coastal region, it is similar to the Colombian sancocho. It has the typical ingredients: yuca, plantain, and corn "choclo". It can be made of fish, hen,[clarification needed] chicken, ox tail, or beef. Due to the cultural differences between these regions. it can cause confusion when people go from one region to the other.
The Peruvian sancocho is called "sancochado" a baseline[clarification needed]: meat chunks, corn, rice and potatoes.
In the Dominican Republic, "sancocho" is considered one of the national dishes, along with "la bandera" (the flag), consisting of white rice, generally red beans and meat, usually chicken. There is a variant called sancocho cruzado or sancocho de siete carnes, which includes chicken, beef and pork, along with other meats. "Sancocho de siete carnes" means "seven meat sancocho," and is considered the ultimate sancocho dish. Longaniza, a type of pork sausage, is also used. Sancocho de gallina (hen sancocho) is common as well, often made for special occasions or on weekends. While sancocho de habichuela (bean sancocho) and sancocho de guandules are common, other types of sancocho are very rare.
There is a similar dish in Costa Rica, although it is called olla de carne (meat pot).
Also known as sancocho de gallina, it is the national dish of Panama. It originates from the Azuero region. The basic ingredients are chicken (preferably free range), ñame (adding flavor and acting as a thickener, giving it its characteristic texture and brightness), and culantro (giving it most of its characteristic flavor and greenish tone); often yuca, mazorca (corn on the cob) and otoe are added. Other optional ingredients include ñampí (as the Eddoe variety of Taro is known), chopped onions, garlic and oregano. It is frequently served with white rice on the side, meant to be either mixed in or eaten with each spoonful. Hot sauce is also frequently added, depending on regional and individual preferences. Regional varieties include Sancocho chorrerano (a specialty of the town of La Chorrera, which is only made with free-range chicken, onions, garlic, chili peppers, oregano and ñame) and Sancocho chiricano (a specialty from Chiriquí Province and the heartiest variety, containing squash in addition to all basic and optional ingredients mentioned before, having a yellowish color as a result). It is often recommended as the best remedy for a hangover and it is also used a metaphor for the country's racial diversity due to the varied ingredients that contribute their particular properties to and having an equally important role in the cooking process and final product.
In Puerto Rico. sancocho is considered a fairly rustic dish. It is made with chicken and smoked ham (Sancocho de gallina), top round beef (sancocho), pork feet with chick peas (sancocho de patitas), or beef short ribs with chorizo. There are several versions and every house hold has their own take on sancocho, but a true Puerto Rican sancocho always calls for corn on the cob, a variety of tubers, guineos, sofrito, and sazón. Other vegetables and flavoring can include celery, carrots, ginger, thyme, parsley, bay leaves, orégano, wine, and rum. The hearty stew is served with a small bowl of rice, pique criollo, tostones, and bread.
Reflecting its Spanish influence, sancocho is eaten in the Philippines, where the hearty stew is made with fish, beef shanks, three kinds of meat, chicken, pork butt, bacon, chorizo de bilbao and morcilla (Spanish blood sausage) as well as yucca, potatoes, cilantro, corn, cabbage, bok choy, carrots and string beans. Known as cocido in the Philippines, it is often confused with puchero Filipino, which may use ham and different sausages.
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