When we talk about Argentine cooking on this blog, we often make the point that there isn’t a lot of seasoning in play in many of the recipes we share.
Often, the only spice at work in these dishes is the most basic and essential one there is: salt.
Today, we’re going to look at a new element of Argentine cooking called salmuera. Salmuera simply means “brine,” or a highly-concentrated solution of salt in water. Unlike regular salt, this brine won’t toughen your meats.
Compared to sausage, steaks and chicken, fish can seem like a minor league player trying to compete against a team of all-stars.
And yes, flounder cooked in a pan in your kitchen is no match for a nice thick steak at a backyard barbecue. But put fish on your Gaucho Grill, and all bets are off. Grilling brings out the best in fish. Here are a few tips to get started.
We’ve designed our Argentine grills to give you perfectly cooked cuts of meat. What you do with that meat after it leaves the grill is up to you. The way you cut a steak after it’s cooked plays as much of a role in your meal as the grilling process.
When you’ve taken the time to grill a nice piece of beef on your parrilla, you want to make sure that you take the proper steps to serve it correctly. Here are a meat cutting techniques and tips that will allow you to get the most out of your next meal.
In our last blog post, we talked about the mystery of where chimichurri got its name, as well as some of the misconceptions about this sauce.
(For example, it’s not “Argentinian ketchup.”)
There seems to be some debate online about whether chimichurri should only be used as a condiment, or can also function as an Argentine grilling marinade.
“While some recipes for chimichurri use it as a sauce, using it as a marinade opens up new flavors and tenderizes less tender cuts of meat,” writes Kathie Smith of The Blade. “In order to tenderize, a marinade must contain acidic ingredients such as lemon juice, yogurt, wine, or vinegar, or a natural tenderizing enzyme found in fresh papaya, ginger, pineapple, and figs, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.”
So today we’re going to talk about marinades, by offering two different recipes for a marinade you can make the next time you’re ready to grill.
We’re writing this on a morning where our part of the country saw its first snowfall of the season. But we’re still an Argentine grill company, and our minds are on grilling.
More to the point, we’re thinking about how to clean one of our grills. Whether you’re a die-hard barbecue enthusiast who grills year-round, or someone who’s been avoiding an off-season clean, where’s what you need to know about maintaining your Argentine grill.
Our company’s name is Gaucho Grills, but you can use our products for more than just grilling.
You can buy one of our grills with a rotisserie grill attachment, which snaps in place with just a few quick steps. When you watch this video, you’ll see that it takes less than a minute to make the switch from grilling to rotisserie.
Simply lower and remove the V-groove grill grates, detach the grease trough and attach the rotisserie bar, and you’re ready to cook.
And when you cook rotisserie style, you’re engaging in a time-honored method of food preparation enjoyed all over the world, from people in Greece spit-roasting lamb to the delectable babi gulig (spit-roasted pig) found on the island of Bali to the American traditional backyard barbecue.
No matter how you cook, there’s something about cooking around a fire that brings people together, and there are many foods that seem designed for a rotisserie grill:
Ribs Whole fish Rounded foods like turkey breasts, boneless legs of lamb Duck Chicken Prime rib Artichokes, eggplant, squash, potatoes and other vegetables. Fruits such as pineapple (your rotisserie can even make dessert!) So what should you cook with the newly-installed rotisserie?
Glad you asked. As always, we’re happy to share some recipes.
Most native Philadelphians will tell you, “Don’t mess with the Philly Cheesesteak!” I mean really, how can you possibly improve on melted cheese and fried onions smothered over thinly sliced ribeye steak? Well people always try, it’s just our nature. Pizza sauce, ketchup, mushrooms, peppers, lettuce, mayo, it’s all been thrown at Philly’s beloved sandwich.
Since others have already taken the bold step to take the cheesesteak to new heights, we proudly offer our own version of this Philadelphia staple, of course with an Argentine flair.
I promise in due time we will have some great recipes coming forth. However, every once in a while you prepare something so simple and seemingly innocuous, that it shocks you when you realize how something simple can be made to taste amazing. Last night was one of those moments.
Check out some of our great recipes and helpful tips for using your Argentine parrilla grill! Click below to explore some of our favorite recipes, and feel free to leave comments below with your own favorite Latin-inspired recipes.