CPCC has students from all over the world and El Salvador is the country of origin for approximately 210 students. The Super Bowl is almost here so let’s try Salvadoran Style Guacamole, a tasty appetizer.
Ingredients (Serves 6)
- 3 large ripe avocados (1½ to 1¾ pounds)
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 hard-boiled egg, thin sliced or crumbled
- 1 tablespoon grated Romano cheese
1. Peel, pit, and chop the avocados into small cubes.
2. Add the onion, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano and mix gently so as to keep the guacamole chunky.
3. Garnish the guacamole with the sliced or crumbled hard-boiled eggs and cheese.
El Salvador, with the other countries of Central America, declared its independence from Spain in September 1821. For decades after its independence, El Salvador experienced numerous revolutions and wars against other Central American republics. From 1931 to 1979 El Salvador was ruled by a series of military dictatorships. The country had a civil war which lasted 12 years (1980-1992).
El Salvador’s economy has traditionally been agricultural, but services and industry now employ a greater percentage of the workforce and account for a much higher percentage of the gross domestic product. Corn is the chief subsistence crop, and rice, beans, oilseeds, and sorghum are also grown; coffee and sugar are the major cash crops. Despite its small size, it has the third largest economy in Central America.
Some fun facts:
· El Salvador is famous for its beautiful beaches and hosts the world surfing competitions.
· Coffee is considered an important pillar of the economy.
· The biggest shopping center in all of Central America is located in the capital—San Salvador.
· Oliver Stone directed a movie called “Salvador” and focus on its 12-year civil war. The movie is critically acclaimed as one of Stone’s best, and was nominated for an Oscar.
· El Salvador’s national dish is called a “Pupusa” and is practically considered a national icon.
· El Salvador has used the U.S. dollar as its official currency since 2001.
· Salvadoran cyclist Maureen Vergara was one of the world championship cyclists in the early and late 1970s. She became a Latin American icon for woman.