Puyero Is Serving Christmas Cheer, Venezuelan Style
Try their tamale-like hallacas and smoked ham Christmas bread through the holidays.
The folks at Puyero are wrapping up some Venezuelan Christmas cheer.
For owners Gil and Simon Arends and Gil’s wife Manuela Villasmil, that means two things: hallacas (a traditional tamale-style dish wrapped in plantain leaves) and pan de jamón (Venezuelan Christmas bread). Pan de jamón is a slightly sweet yeast bread that’s been stuffed and swirled with smoked ham, raisins, and olives.
In Venezuela, every family has its own special recipe for hallacas, which are made of a cornmeal dough stuffed with stewed meat. The mixture is bundled in plantain leaves, tied up in a neat little package, and boiled. Families will make hundreds to give to friends and neighbors every Christmas. Puyero’s hallacas — Manuela’s family recipe — are stuffed with stewed chicken, potatoes, raisins, and olives.
Try Puyero’s hallaca for just $9 each, or $10 for one hallaca with two slices of pan de jamón. You can also call at least 24 hours in advance to order a whole loaf of the Christmas bread for $10.
They’re also serving their special Andean hot chocolate — a thick, indulgent drink spiked with cinnamon — all winter long.