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The Cuisine and Culture of Argentina Outline
• Map and regions of Argentina.
Culture and demographics
Cuisine overview, and short video.
Common Argentinean foods.
Beverages common to Argentina.
Guided discovery Regions of Argentina Central Region: Including Buenos Aries, heavily influenced by Italian Cuisine.
Cuyo Region: The wine region, Mendoza being their largest exporter of wines. French influences.
Patagonia: Welsh, Swiss, and other Central European influences. Culture & Demographics • Climate: Ranges from very cold to warm depending on the region. The climate greatly influences the types of food typical to a region. Ex. Italian influence in warmer regions, and “meat and potatoes” in colder ones. • Immigration: The majority of Argentina’s immigrants are from Europe, mostly of Italian and Spanish origin. • Religion: Predominately Roman Catholic. Christian holidays like Christmas are public holidays. • Culture: Along with their food and wine Argentina is known for things like their soccer team and the originators of the Tango. …and
Eva Peron and Che Guevara QuickTimeª and a
are needed to see this picture. Cuisine Overview • Beef, beef, and more beef!!
• Beef is universally eaten in all regions, along with Empanadas, Dulce de Leche, Chimichurri sauce, and the national drink of Argentina Yerba Mete.
• Argentina also has a big drinking culture and is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world.
• Short clip on the importance of beef to Argentineans • http://youtu.be/Gtl8KigSYE0 Traditional Foods Meat: Beef, chorizo, morcilla (blood sausage), mortadella, whole pork, traditionally asado (barbecue).
Italian: Pasta, pizza, picado (antipasto), Faina (bread made of chickpea flour put on top of pizza). Spanish: Churro’s, flan, paella, and dulce de leche.
Other common ingredients: beans, wheat, corn, milk, goat and lamb (Patagonia). Traditional Argentine Dishes Chimichurri: A green sauce with herbs, garlic, and vinegar. Similar in taste to pesto.
Faina: Bread made of chickpea flour, on top of slices of pizza.
Empanadas: Meat, with cheese and veggies wrapped in dough. Alfajores: Shortbread cookies sandwich between dulce de leche or fruit paste. Traditional Drinks Yerba Mate: Non
alcoholic beverage made by steeping dried leaves of the yerba mete plant in hot water, then put into a hollow gourd and sipped with a metal straw.
Malbec: Wine made of malbec grapes, imported from France but grown only in Argentina.
Fernet Branca: 80 proof fernet, often mixed with cola.
Quilmes: Beer Gastronomia de Argentina
¿Caveman diet?!!?! Cocina Criolla
Europeans brought with
them an intricate caste
system to control the
social structure of their
Enslaved Africans QuickTimeª and a
are needed to see this picture. Today, cocina criolla means “local food,” a combination of all of these influences and regional topographic/climate conditions. High protein grilled meats and nutrient rich vegetables. Trivia: The word “Criollo” referred to the children of mixed blood
and was commonly used amongst all the colonies, not just
Argentina. Up to 1/8 Amerindian descent permitted w/out affecting
social status. The word itself comes from the Spanish/Portuguese
word “criar” which means “to raise” or “bring up”. Guided Discovery Menu •
Grilled Steak and Chicken
South American Black Bean Soup Empanadas Most LatinAmerican countries have their own version of the empanada. We went to Venga Empandas at 443 Valencia St San Francisco, CA Testing out the recipes at home!
Following is a slide show of the two meals cooked using recipes found on the internet. Milanesa
Chimichurri Grilled and Sautéed Veggies Grilled Chicken and Steak
South American Black Bean Soup QuickTimeª and a
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- Spring '09
- Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Mestizo, black bean soup, American Black Bean, Argentina Yerba Mete