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Asopao is a family of stews that can be made with chicken, pork, beef, shrimp seafood, vegetables, or any combination of the above. Asopao is Puerto Rico's national soup and one of the most important gastronomic recipes in Puerto Rico.

Dominican Republic

Versions of asopao are found in many Caribbean locales, including the Dominican Republic, where the addition of chicharrones de pollo (small bits of fried chicken or chicken skin) is characteristic or coconut milk and shrimp.

Puerto Rico

A version said to be based on the Spanish rice dish paella includes chorizo, chicken or rabbit and a variety of seafood cooked in sherry wine.

The chicken version (asopao de pollo) is usually served with plantain dumplings. It's a common holiday dish for Christmas, and during Octavitas and Los Tres Reyes Magos celebrations. Asopao de pollo can also include beer, smocked ham, ham hock, corn on the cob with more smoky seasoning cumin, annatto and coriander seeds.

Asopao de marisco is second popular after asopao de pollo. It includes clams, shrimp, squid, octopus, fish, lobster, crab, scallops, and mussels.

Asopao de gandules replaces rice with pigeon peas. Meat (usually roasted pork, beef or oxtail) and dumplings made from green banana, plantains, root vegetables, squash, annatto, milk, eggs and flour. The dumplings are made into golf size balls and often seasoned with herbs. They are fried before dropped into the soup.

Asopao is typically flavored with wine, stock, bay leaf and oregano, along with sofrito, olives, capers, and rice being the most important part. Garnish with sweet peas and severed with mojito isleño, bread, tostones and avocado.

In media

Asopao is mentioned in "Caribbean Conspiracy" by Brenda Conrad, about a story that takes place in Puerto Rico which was published in 1942 and printed as a weekly series in dozens of U.S. newspapers in 1943.

Asopao is mentioned in passing in the seventh episode of the third season of Netflix’s series Daredevil, titled “Aftermath.”

Asopao is revealed as Dr. Hugh Culver’s favorite dish in Season 2 Episode 8 of Star Trek: Discovery.

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