Hearing the word “Asados” doesn’t have the same heart warming meaning unless you have experienced the wonderous cooking event in person. All through the year, families of Argentina hold an Asados for everyone to enjoy. It is not hard to find a reason for the Grilled extravaganza. They are held in honorary circumstances, to celebrate a special day, prelude a sporting schedule or just because they want to gather on a weekend. Argentina is known for their voluminous cooking with meats and fresh vegetables.
The primary form of protein is through beef, pork and lamb. They are firm believers in using every part and cut to make a variety of opening dishes and main meals. To prepare an Asados, it will require the better part of a day and consistent supervision of the foods. When you attend a festive meal such as this there are a few details you will notice that makes the dinner even more special.
The Grill is the only way to prepare an Asados. Only using wood and coals, there is a choreography to the method that has been passed down from through the generations. In each family, there is a designated individual that is given the esteemed position. The coals are finessed in placement to avoid dripping induced flare ups. The tradition is to cook meats low and slow without effecting the flavor. Flames stay low away from the foods for a proper savoring of the process.
Meats and Treats
There is a full menu of meats that you will see on the grill. Sausages, quarters, hinds, ribs, intestines and lining are all grilled with a little bit of salt. They are served as the largest component of the meal. Chorizo and grilled sweet breads will generally begin the cultural feast. The center of attention is the serving of Meats alongside a small salad. The salad is chefs choice filled with fresh vegetables that are mixed together. Generous portions are accompanied with grilled vegetables and chimichurri sauce. The sauce is mild in spices with herbs, seasonings and a vinegar base. Any Argentinean fest is not complete without the wine they are famous for. Malbec is a strong wine with a slight spice in its taste.
Desserts and Finishing Touches
In some Argentina homes, the crowd is interested in a dessert to finish off the courses. Arroz con Leche is a time honored dessert in most families. It is known as rice with milk or rice pudding depending on the region. Ferne con cola or Malbec flavored Helado is also a common after dinner treat. Helado is a frozen flavorful gelato or ice cream. If you do not have a sweet tooth, you can have another helping of the grilled delights.
The finale of an Asados will always include a round of applause for the Chef and master of the grill. Each step is a part of their history that is grilled to traditional perfection, a cultural experience and wonderful meal all wrapped in one package.