Summer is here and it is time to fire up the grill (or the broiler). Argentina is known for its succulent steaks and vibrant culture…transport yourself there! Invite your friends over for a night of delicious food and sensual tango – it’ll feel like vacation without leaving home.
In Argentina, Malbec reigns supreme. Originally from France, it was in Argentina that Malbec found its ideal home. The perfect combination of high altitude vineyards and endless sunshine creates a wine of unparallel complexity with notes of plums and blackberries leading to an enviably round finish.
Argentina is the land of steaks, so chose your favorite cut and serve it with Chimichurri, a savory garlic sauce that Argentines love to use as both a marinade and sauce. To keep the menu even more authentic, go with skirt steak, an Argentinean favorite. Serve it with white rice and a simple salad.
When planning an Argentine dinner, the steak is the center of it all. So it is important to make sure it comes out perfect. Since skirt steak is a thinner cut, it is better to cook it while still cold, allowing the crust to crisp without overcooking the center. Also, remember to let the meat rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing it thinly, across the grain on the bias. Resting will keep all the juices in and prevent the meat from drying.
The number of guests depends on the size of your dinner table. We find, however, that we can always squeeze in one more or two more by keeping a few folding chairs at hand.
The Extra Mile
End the evening with the delicious sweetness of homemade Dulche de Leche. This world-famous dessert is Argentina’s treasure. Although it can be found in supermarkets throughout the country or online, go the extra mile and make your own. Your guests will be equal parts impressed and delighted.
Here are a few recipes:
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