Friday, February 29, 2008

Country Challenge #2 - Argentina


Argentina was voted second highest in my poll for choosing February’s countries. I have really enjoyed researching Argentinean cuisine! Argentina was discovered by Spanish, though the Incas and other Native Americans were inhabiting the land when they arrived. Spain established Buenos Aires in 1580, and through the years, the cuisine was influenced by the French and Italian. Argentinean cuisine is truly a melting pot of many cultures, but it’s history is in the land, saturated in corn, wheat, the cattle, and their milk.

Asado (barbequed beef), empanadas, and dulce de leche are the most common and historical Argentinean dishes. They can be found in all of the regions of Argentina. I chose to make all of those because of the tradition, and I also chose many other recipes because they too are made with traditional ingredients, from Argentinean households. Barbeque pits are found throughout Argentina, with many types of meat, however beef is most common. The Argentinean per capita consumption of beef is highest in the world.

The two books I used were about all of South America, but each recipe had an excerpt about the history and the country it was from. I hope that you enjoy my selections. I found so many recipes to be appetizing, I could not visit Argentina in just one day!


Emily Ann said...

I love this idea! Actually, I was watching one of those travel food shows the other night and this guy was in Ghana. That's not a place I would expect to have great food, but let me tell you-everything he tried there looked delish! I think I'll try to find one of those recipes now.

Robyn said...

What a cool idea! I'm doing a new food each day for a year, but I love your idea of trying a new country each week. Good luck with your goal!