Venezuelan food is coastal, Andean, and tropical with European influences (especially Italian, Spanish, and French) as well as traditional dishes from native cultures, and Africa. Each region of Venezuela puts its own spin on the same dish.
In general, coconut, plantains, seafood, goat, corn, and pasta dishes are all part of the mix that makes up Venezuelan cuisine.
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Venezuelan Appetizer and Soup Recipes
If there was an iconic Venezuelan party food, it would probably be tequeños. These fried dough balls or sticks are filled with gooey white cheese and served at home parties all the way up to elaborate weddings as an hors d'oeuvres with cocktails.
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Venezuelan Snack, Bread, and Sandwich Recipes
One of the national dishes of Venezuela is the arepa, a cornmeal cake that can be grilled, baked or fried. Typically, it is split open and filled with a variety of delicious meats and cheeses, or eaten plain in place of bread at most meals.
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Venezuelan Main Course Recipes
One of Venezuela's national dishes, probably due to its excellent beef products, is the pabellón criollo, a simple dish of shredded beef and black beans served on a bed of white rice. It is almost always accompanied by a fried egg or fried plantain. During Lent, the beef is replaced with fish.
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Venezuelan Side Dish Recipes
At most meals, a typical side dish is tajadas, which are fried ripe plantain slices sometimes referred as barandas which is slang for "guard rails" because of their appearance.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Venezuelan Beverage Recipes
It can get pretty hot in parts of Venezuela and refreshing, cold beverages like smoothies are a particular favorite.
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Venezuelan Dessert Recipes
Similar to flan, quesillo, made with egg yolks and syrup like a custard, is a popular Venezuelan dessert. Contrary to the name, there is no cheese in this dish. Outside of Venezuela, however, quesillo is a savory dish that does contain cheese!