Pique a lo Macho

Pique a lo Macho

This is like Bolivian ‘Poutine’ and we eat in in the same type of environment, shared with friends, late at night, always with drinks.  Pique comes from the word ‘picar’ and it is slang for sharing food and macho means that the food you are going to be sharing will be for brave people (for the macho) because this dish is typically quite spicy.  

This meal is very popular in restaurants and bars all over Bolivia, every time I am back in Santa Cruz, I make sure to have it, it is the perfect meal to share with friends while out at a pub.  When me and my friends head out for a drink, we will often go to a pub in front of La Plaza in Santa Cruz for a snack like this along with some cold beer.  We have spent hours chatting and snacking on Pique a lo Macho while enjoying cold drinks during the hot evenings that Santa Cruz is known for.

There are many ways to make your Pique a lo Macho, you could use chicken or chorizo (instead of the steak as we have here), you can add cheese (queso fresco) or add mayonnaise on top, some people eat their Pique a lo macho with bread on the side or use quail eggs instead of chicken eggs as a topping.  Any way you make it will be great, I am sure you will like it, as always it will be even better when you can share it with family and friends. 

Pique a lo Macho

Ingredients / Ingredientes

  • 1 Medium green Pepper  / Pimiento verde
  • 1 Medium red Pepper / Pimiento rojo
  • 1 Red onion / Cebolla
  • 2 Jalapeños / Jalapeños o Ají picante
  • 2 Tomatoes / Tomates
  • 2 Potatoes / Papas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil / Cucharadas de aceite de oliva
  • Canola oil  / Aceite vegetal para freir
  • 1 Eggs / Huevo
  • 2 Sirloin steak / carne de lomo
  • 3 all beef hot dogs / Salchichas
  • 1 1/2 tbsp corn starch / Cucharadas de maizena
  • 1/3 cup red wine / Tazas de vino tinto
  • 1 tsp of cumin / Cucharilla de comino
  • Salt and pepper to taste / Sal y pimienta al gusto

Instructions / Instrucciones

  • Julienne the onion and the peppers, add some salt to taste and a lug of olive oil, toss together and set aside / Cortar al estilo juliana la cebolla y los pimientos, agregar un chorro de aceite de oliva y sal y dejar a un lado.
  • Cut the steaks in small cubes, if desired you can cut larger pieces.  Cut the all beef hot dogs in slices. Transfer the meat to a bowl, add some pepper to taste whit the cumin. Sit aside / Cortar la carne en cubitos, cortar las salchichas y trasnferir toda la carne a un recipiente con pimienta y comino.

Peppers, onions, steak

  • Peel and cut the potato into fries and soak in cold water for 10 minutes and dry them very well with paper towels / Pelar y cortar las papas para las papas fritas y colocar en un recipiente con agua fría por 10 minutos, luego secar bien.
  • Place the egg in boiling water to cook, you will want the egg to be hard boiled. Let it sit aside / Poner a hervir el huevo hasta que este duro y dejar a un lado.
  • Pour 2 table spoons of olive oil in a large cooking pan (I used a wook), add the beef in medium high heat. Let it cook for about 15 minutes  / Colocar 2 cucharadas de aceite de oliva en un sartén grande, colocar la carne sobre fuego medio y dejar cocinar por 15 minutos.
  • While the beef is cooking – add a few inches of canola oil to a saucepan and heat until very hot, fry the potato wedges until they are browned and crispy.  Set aside / Mientras está cocinando la carne, poner las papas en aceite bien caliente y fritarlas hasta que estén listas.

Preparing the macho sauce

  • In a small container mix the corn starch with a heavy splash of wine and set aside / En un pequeńo contenedor mezclar la maizena con un poco de vino y dejar a un lado.
  • Julienne the tomatoes and slice the jalapeños  (keep the seeds if you prefer an extra spicy sauce) and set aside / Cortar los toamtes y los jalapeńos y dejar a un lado
  • Add 1/3 of a cup of wine to the beef and keep cooking for 5 minutes more, add the corn starch mix and cook it for about 3 minutes (this will thicker the sauce), add the peppers and onion and cook it for 5 minutes  / Agregar la taza de vino a la carne y dejar cocinar por 5 minutos, luego agregar la maizena y dejar cocinar por 3 minutos, agregar los pimientos y cebolla y cocinar por 5 minutos más.
  • Arrange the fries in a large serving platter, spoon the meat and vegetable mix on to the fries and top with the tomatoes and jalapeños.  Finally place the sliced egg on top of everything with some queso fresco (cheese) if desired / poner las papas en un plato grande para servir, encima poner la carne con los vegetales, también colcoar encima los tomates y jalapeńos con el huevo duro. Puedes porner queso si lo deseas.

Serving the Pique a lo macho

  • Serve immediately and enjoy! / Servir cuando aún está caliente y provecho!

Pique a lo macho... Provecho!

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