Asado is a traditional Argentinian barbecue but what is more important it is an entire social event in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and southern Brazil.
An asado usually consisting of beef alongside various other meats, which are cooked on a grill (parrilla) or open fire. The traditional Argentinian asado calls also for eggplants and thick slices of Provolone cheese on the grill, next to thick steaks and sausages.
Another traditional form to mainly roast the meat, used in the Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, is with the whole animal (especially lamb and pork) in a wood stick nailed in the ground and exposed to the heat of live coals, called asado al palo.
The coal is the key to the delicious asado that's why only recently burned wood of native trees are used, avoiding pines and eucalyptus that have strong-smelling resins.
Asado is traditionally served with a chimichurri sauce and salad, usually it is mixed salad or Russian salad. The meat is delicious with a glass of slightly spicy Malbec wine.
It is considered a traditional dish in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and southern Brazil.
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