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Destination - ARGENTINA (Part 2 - Cuisine)

Updated: Jan 4

TRADITIONAL CUISINE OF ARGENTINA

Argentinians do not disguise their love for food. The colorful city life and top-notch restaurants available to explore in the capital of the country, Buenos Aires, will leave you wanting more. To fill you in on some the dishes that the natives and tourists often frequent the country for, continue reading. By the end of this piece, you will have eight amazing dishes to try out.


Chimichurri

This uncooked sauce is rich in flavor with garlic and parsley, oregano and red wine vinegar touching your palette in a flavor explosion. Chimichurri is traditionally served as a condiment to meat.



Asados

As the nation’s staple dish, you will find it offered at nearly all restaurants throughout Argentina as well as made in the homes of the natives. This dish is created by serving mouthwatering slabs of meat over an open fire.



Empanadas

Typical empanadas are delightful pastries filled with meats cooked in a tomato-based sauce seasoned with garlic, cumin, chili powder, bell peppers, onions and potatoes are are then fried to a golden brown. If you desire a delicious dipping condiment, combine adobo sauce, lime juice and mayonnaise to create a delectable aioli (the flavor enhances when left in the refrigerator). Although many versions of this staple are found in restaurants all over the world, Argentina brings its own flavors to the traditional dish.



Pasta

Fettuccine, gnocci and cannellini are just a few of the favored pastas of Argentina. Throughout the nation, you can find these delicate pastas made fresh daily at restaurants and marketplaces.



Carbonada Criolla

This hearty dish is usually served in northern Argentina during the colder, winter months. This thick and flavorful stew is made with meat, potatoes, carrots, peppers and sweet corn, topped with dried apricots and raisins then cooked on the grill in a hollowed-out pumpkin.



Medialunas

This breakfast dish takes its influence from France. It is a flaky pastry baked with lard or butter, then brushed with a sugar glaze. It is a quick yet sufficient way to start the day with coffee.



Alfajores

For those with a strong craving for sweets, alfajores are sandwich cookies with a thick Dulce de Leche paste made with caramelized milk in the center. The cookie is dipped in coconut flakes. Another version of this treat is dipped in chocolate for a decadent touch.



Milanesa

Resembling German Wienerschnitzel or Italian Veal Milanese, for this plate, a cut of veal or chicken is pounded thin and coated with breadcrumbs. The cuts are then pan fried and served with papas fritas or mashed potatoes and topped with egg and/or cheese sauce.



This is just the beginning! If you are interested in traveling to Argentina to partake in its varied national cuisine, take our Travel Interest Survey.


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