2008 is the International Year of the Potato, and the UN created a cookbook for the occasion, “The Potato: Around the Globe in 200 Recipes.” The potato is native to Latin America, and is now eaten and grown all over the world.
Venezuela submitted a recipe for sancocho, a traditional stew made with veal, chicken, potato, and banana. A favorite at family gatherings, it yeilds large quantities and feeds a lot of people.
One giant Venezuelan sancocho made the Guinness Book of World Records in September 2007, when portions of the world’s largest stew were given out to spectators in Caracas.
As the year of the potato comes to a close, try your own sancocho recipe, and invite all your friends to share!