Argentina is a large and very developed country that produces and exports beef, grains, and wine. Argentine cuisine is influenced by Europe, and includes many
Spanish, Italian, and Frenchstyle dishes. Although they are influenced by Europe the
Argentinians add their unique style to these dishes, making them their own. For example Argentine pizza is prepared very differently compared to traditional Italian method, “the Pizza made with very thin, and sometimes thick, highrising doughs, with or without cheese, cooked in the oven or a la piedra (on a stone oven), and stuffed with numerous ingredients is a dish which can be found in nearly every corner of the country. Buenos Aires, Rosario, and Córdoba also serve it with fainá, which is a chick peaflour dough placed over the piece of pizza” (en.wikipedia.org).
Argentina is particularly famous for its beef. The asado, an elaborate meal of grilled meat, is one of the most important culinary traditions in this country. During
Asado, families gather in the late afternoon to grill a series of meats from sausages, to ribs, to steaks, and even intestines. Marian Blazes an author for About.com explains the process, “The asado begins in the late afternoon. The sausages and maybe some grilled provolone cheese are first off the grill, while everyone is still standing and drinking Malbec wine and beer. The ribs are next, and then the more serious cuts of meat, which are served with a simple salad and maybe some grilled corn. The meats are served with traditional sauces, such as garlicky green chimichurri sauce, or spicy salsa criolla” (The South American Parilla, Blazes). Anyone who attended an authentic
Argentine Asado might agree that they would not go back to an American BBQ after the experience. Alcoholic beverages are also popular in argentina, traditionally wine has been the most popular alcoholic drink in Argentina. Lately the popularity of beer has been increased according to statistics, “Argentines consumed 233 million liters in 1980 and
1.57 billion in 2007” (en.wikipedia.org). Other widely consumed spirits are aguardiente
(firewater) which is made from sugar cane. It is believed that drinking this “firewater” can help prevent and cure illnesses.
Argentine cuisine in the northwest region is mostly influenced by the