Food You Must Eat in Argentina
Argentines are a food-loving people who are not shy about sharing the passion for their food. While Argentina is known for fabulous wines, steak, and barbeque there really is so much more to the traditional cuisine of this country. Visiting the capital, Buenos Aires, will expose you to the colorful city life as well as a number of wonderful restaurants that will give you a taste for local delicacies - and leave you wanting more. Keep reading for 8 of our top suggestions for what to eat in Argentina.
This uncooked sauce is rich in flavor with hints of garlic and parsley, oregano and red wine vinegar. This sauce is traditionally served as a condiment to the many kinds of meat that you will find on offer.
As the nation’s staple dish, you will find it offered at nearly all restaurants throughout Argentina as well as frequently made in the homes of the Argentines themselves. This dish is created by serving mouthwatering cuts of top quality meat that have been roasted to perfection over an open fire.
Delightful pastries filled with meats, potatoes, boiled egg pieces, and scallions are smothered in a thick red sauce and cheese to create what the country calls the empanada. Although empanadas are easily found at restaurants and in food trucks all over the world, they don’t get any more authentic than what you will find in Argentina.
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 at restaurants and marketplaces.
This hearty dish is usually served in northern Argentina and over 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.
This breakfast dish takes its influence from France. It is a delicious flaky pastry baked with lard or butter then brushed with a sugar glaze. It is a quick and very satisfying way to start the day - with a coffee of course!
For those with a strong craving for sweets, the alfajores is a sandwich cookie with a thick Dulce de Leche paste made with caramelized milk. The cookie is then dipped in chocolate and coconut flakes. Dulce de leche is immensely poplar in Argentina and the rest of the Spanish speaking world as well. My brother had a simply fabulous breakfast in Spain that was no more than simple pancakes smothered in dulce de leche. Perfection!
For this dish, a cut of veal or chicken is pounded thin and coated with breadcrumbs. The meat is then pan fried and served with mashed potatoes and topped with egg and/or cheese sauce. Argentine comfort food at its best!
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