Bandeja Paisa (Spanish for “Paisa platter”) also known as bandeja de arriero, bandeja montañera, or bandeja antioqueña, is a typical fusion cuisine Colombian dish. It is very popular, especially in the Paisa Region departments Antioquia and part of Valle del Cauca.
The main characteristic of this dish is the oversized amount of food and the wide variety of ingredients, which prevent it from being served on a single regular plate, so it must be served in a platter or a tray.
Bandeja Paisa must be served in a large plate. Thirteen main ingredients must be present for the dish to be considered a canonical bandeja paisa: red beans cooked with pork, white rice, ground meat, pork rind, fried eggs, green fried plantain (patacones), sausage with lemon, arepa, hogao sauce, black pudding, and avocado.
In 2005, the Colombian government planned to make Bandeja Paisa the national dish, with name changed to “bandeja montañera” (mountain tray) to avoid the exclusion of people outside the Paisa Region.
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