What Is the National Dish of Argentina?

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In Argentina, when people get together to celebrate they enjoy a feast of grilled meats. This is called an asado, and it is the traditional food in a country famous for its beef.

The asado, sometimes called a parilla, consists of many courses of different cuts of meat that are slowly roasted over a fire. The meal begins with sausages and sometimes grilled provolone cheese. Friends stand around the fire drinking beer and Malbec wine while waiting for the next course to begin. Ribs come next, followed by larger cuts of meat that take longer to grill. Garlicky, green chimichurri sauce and spicy salsa criolla are traditional sauces served with the meat.