Argentina is a large and very developed country that produces and exports beef, grains, and wine. Argentina is particularly famous for its beef. The asado, an elaborate meal of grilled meat, is one of the most important culinary traditions in this country.
Argentina's cuisine is very influenced by Europe, and includes many Spanish-style dishes, Italian pastas and pizzas, and French pastries. The Argentinians add their unique style to these dishes, however, making them their own.
In Buenos Aires one can find a very sophisticated restaurant culture, with foods from around the world. In the more rural parts of Argentina, people still eat a more traditional South American diet.
Asado - Grilled Feast
Tira de Asado - Grilled Beef Ribs
Grilled Tenderloin Steaks (Lomo Asado), Patagonian-Style
Locro - Navy Bean and Corn Soup
Argentinian Beef Stew - Carbonada Criolla
Milanesa - Breaded Fried Steak
Milanesa Napolitana - Argentinian Fried Steak, Italian-style
Costillas de Cerdo a la Riojana - Pork Rib Plate with Fried Eggs
Cumin Pork and Sweet Potato Guiso (Stew)
Sorrentinos - Ravioli Pasta with Ham and Mozzarella Cheese
Fugazza - Argentinian-style Focaccia
Fugazzeta - Stuffed Argentinian-style Pizza
Fugazzeta de Verdura
One of the most important Argentinian beverages is yerba mate tea. Drinking yerba mate is a very social activity. Tea drinkers brew the mate in beautiful gourd cups, and sip it with a silver straw called a bombilla.