While this dish does not look very impressive in the unassuming foil tin that surrounds it, I can assure you that you would be mistaken to overlook this Pastel de choclo. Actually, this particular Pastel de choclo is from around two hours South of Santiago in the Chilean countryside near Lago Rapel where I spent the weekend with some friends a few weeks ago. If I remember correctly, I purchased this Pastel de choclo in front of a cemetery in a typical Chilean restaurant that had four tables in total. (Something essential with classic cuisine here in Latin America is to not overlook the small family owned restaurant that may be in front of a cemetery because in many cases, it may have the best local food at the lowest price).
Pastel de choclo is a nationally adored Chilean dish that possesses a mashed sweet corn crust. Inside the crust you will find a mixture of ground beef, raisins, chicken, onions, black olives, and slices of hard boiled egg. The mixture of these flavorful ingredients creates a unique taste that is a powerful combination of both sweet and salty flavors, making this dish quite appetizing to the consumer. The dish pictured above is typically served on an individual basis and is priced at roughly $5. Not bad for a tasty national favorite I would say! Enjoy!