A beginner’s guide to Argentine foodMarch 31, 2017
Not just famous for its tango and its libraries, Argentina is renowned for its fabulous food. An important part of Argentine culture, Argentine food is as unique as this wonderful nation itself. Here, you can find out about five of the most iconic Argentine dishes, which include both sweet and savory flavours.
A lovely mix of crispy and creamy: Provoleta
Provoleta is a dish made of creamy cheese curds which is then barbecued. Also popular in Uruguay, this dish is usually eaten either as a snack or as an appetizer.
In Spanish, the word ’empanadar’ means ‘to cover in bread’. Though not all empanadas are bread based, they all have the same basic form: a pastry or bread-like case filled with whatever you please. Usually the hearty filling is made with beef, vegetables and spices.
Chimichurri: bursting with freshness
Chimichurri is a sauce made with fresh herbs like cilantro, garlic, shallots, various spices and vinegar-y flavours to create an overall piquancy that goes wonderfully well with grilled meats. This sauce has a vibrant green color and tastes as fresh as it looks. There is no need to cook this sauce: the ingredients are simply blended together. It is used widely as a marinade and is the perfect accompaniment to the fifth classic Argentine food: the convivial BBQ.
Get your friends together for an Asado
Asado means barbeque, and in Argentina, beef is featured heavily on any menu – especially a barbecue menu. Other elements of this dish include barbecued corn cobs and barbecued avocado. After chowing down on an Asado, it’s almost mandatory to wash it down with a cold beer.
The ultimate in sweet indulgence: Dulce de leche
Also known as arequipe in some parts of the continent, dulce de leche is beloved throughout South America. This creamy caramel flavored dessert is great as a sauce for ice cream, as an additional layer of filling for apple pie, or as a treat just by itself.
Create your own Argentine dishes at home
Even if you have never visited Argentina, it is very easy to recreate the flavors of this country at home. Empanadas, chimichurri and asado, provoleta and dulce de leche are all very simple to make – and most of them can be made from ingredients that you will have in your pantry. They are also available online at Argentinian restaurants on foodora.ca!