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Traditional Argentinian Food: Famous Dishes You Have to Try

Traditional Argentinian Food: Famous Dishes You Have to Try

Historically, Argentina is renowned for consuming more red meat than any other country in the world, and there’s no doubt that steak features heavily in the country’s most traditional dishes, but Argentinian cuisine isn’t all about beef. Here are of Argentina’s most famous foods that you must try according to website:

1. Asado

Don’t leave Argentina without spending a relaxing afternoon next to the warmth of a grill or open fire, feasting on grilled meats galore. Asado is a gathering around a barbecue with friends and grilling methods; a multi-step affair that often lasts several hours. Expect to find beef, pork, ribs, sausages, blood sausage and sweetbreads hot from the fire. This is a traditional Argentinian food. In Patagonia, look for whole lamb or pork grilled over an open fire.

2. Chimichurri

Chimichurri is an herbaceous green salsa made from finely chopped parsley, oregano, shallots, garlic, chili flakes, olive oil, and a splash of lemon or vinegar, which is classically paired with grilled meats, especially beef, or used as a marinade.

3. Provoleta

Grilled provoleta cheese is very popular before a meal or as an accompaniment to grilled meat. Semi-firm provolone is the perfect cheese for grilling because it is dense and firm. For asado, it’s sliced about an inch thick, seasoned with a generous amount of oregano, perhaps sprinkled with a little dried red chile flakes, and grilled until the center begins to melt. Usually enjoyed with chimichurri sauce and served with crusty bread.

4. Empanadas

Empanadas are filled dough pockets, fried or baked, then filled with a sweet or savory filling, depending on the province. Common savory fillings include chicken, goat, cheese, ham, blue cheese, and boiled and seasoned ground beef. Sweet fillings may include quince jam, sweet potato paste, or dulce de leche, sprinkled with cinnamon, sugar, or sweet raisins. Marks on the folds of the cake identify the deliciousness hidden inside.

5. Humita en chala

Humita is the main celebration of corn. Made from creamed corn, onions, spices, and goat cheese, wrapped in corn husks (chala), then steamed or boiled, humita serves as a savory snack and main dish.

6. Matambre Arrollado

Matambre Arrollado is a flavorful Argentinian flank steak stuffed with vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, herbs and olives. The meat is rolled around the filling, then boiled, grilled, or roasted. Matar means “to kill”, and “hambre” means “starve”. Therefore, matambre is literally a “hunger killer” as it is the first food prepared on the grill, keeping everyone’s hunger at bay while waiting for the rest of the asado to follow.

7. Milanese

As the name suggests, Milanesa is an Italian-influenced creation – an Argentinian escalope or schnitzel – made from ground beef or chicken, coated with breadcrumbs, and often served for lunch. The variety of toppings makes this dish special, starting from fried eggs, cheese, ham and tomato sauce, and served with French fries or salad.

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