Sunday, October 16, 2005

Food, Asado

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Uruguay typical asado
Barbecue, or "asado" as we call it's the national dish, if there's such a thing. Uruguay's meat has very good fame, and for good reason. The conditions for cattle growing are ideal in this part of the world, or so they say. History goes that, a long time ago (in this galaxy;), one spanish guy, called Hernandarias, brought around 100 cattle heads to the land, that would later become Uruguay, and in a matter of years they had reproduced big time. Land and weather natural conditions turned out to be real good, as well as the lack of any kind of predators, including human populations. So we could say that Uruguay's territory was populated extensively first by cattle, then by humans.

Asados are social activities, instead of charcoal the meat is roasted by making a fire from wood, and using the embers (is that the word?) to cook the meat. It's a time consuming process, but all for the better, because while someone is preparing the fire (el asador) everyone else get's to eat snacks, and play cards ("truco" typically). It's typical to put some parmesano provolone cheese on the grill, and to serve hot cheese as entrance, along with the snacks. The meat is placed in a big, big grill, called "parrilla", expected to support considerable amounts of meat, and sausages ("chorizos").

Typically if the asado turns out to be good, the responsible cooker (el asador), get's an applause from everyone. Actually "el asador" always gets an applause, unless the asado is real bad, and you have a trust relationship with the person so you can tell him the awfull truth, that his asado sucks. Luckily this is not often.
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26 comments:

Anonymous said...

el queso que se pone al fuego no es parmesano si no provolone...

gabo_uy said...

cierto, haré la correción pertinente, gracias!

Wayne said...

Excellent! Here in the US, particularly the Southern part of the US, BBQ (Barbeque as we call "Asado" en englisa) is a favorite pastime! I cannot wait to taste the wonderful Carne' Asado you have in uruguay!
Gracias!
Donde estas la cerveza?

Sorry my spanish is not great... ;)

Anonymous said...

Hello there! My husband's family still lives in Uruguay and we have been twice since we were married 9 years ago. I love your country. The people, the culture, the food, the beaches...etc etc are wonderful. I miss the asados and I am so addicted to dulce de leche. Thanks for such a great blog. It helps keep our memories alive until our next trip.

Anonymous said...

how the hell are you supposed to read this!! and plus i need a recipe for this!

Anonymous said...

Asado's came from Argentina. Then went to other surrounding countries.

Arbusto said...

Dear Mr. Anonymous, asado, the way we make it, is older than Argentina or Uruguay, and, strictly speaking, is a local version from any kind of roasted meat, only that here (this includes both shores of the Rio de La Plata) Gauchos had to manage with what they had, so they made basic "parillas" (the sort of grill) with iron bars and wire, with the fire from indigenous trees (highly dense wood, that produces long lasting embers) on the side of them.

FrankE1228 said...

Anonymous is correct... asado is from Argentina, so is mate, and dulce de leche. So is the automobile, soccer (football), all forms of government, rock and roll, and the air we breathe. Why don't you just say that argentina invented Uruguay also??? Come on, give me a break!!! It's funny to me, how uruguayans and argentineans are so competitive. Mainly because once you live somewhere else, say the States, and you meet people from other parts of south america, you realize that argentina and uruguay are pretty much the same. I lived in uruguay in the 90's and absolutely loved it. I'm glad you take the time to explain to the world about this hidden gem deep in south america. For all you guys in the northern hemisphere pondering whether it's worth the long flight... trust me, just go any time between december and march and you will not regret it!

Anonymous said...

Si somos todos hispano-parlantes aquí, por qué posteamos en inglés? el 2do idioma mas hablando en el mundo es el español. que los angloparlantes hagan el esfuerzo de leer en español...van a ver cómo sirve para aprender...es cansador esar siempre con el inglés...máxime si es un blog que habla de Uruguay!!!! por favor!
gracias, y hasta luego.
Pd:por cierto, está bueno q alguien tenga la idea de hacer un blog sobre Uruguay.
Si esto fuera un blog sobre Francia hecho x frances NI en pedo, escriben en inglés! capos!
Imitemos a pueblos con identidad.
saludos,
Caro

Xavier_Onassis said...

The relationship between Argentina and Uruguay is a bit like the relationship between the US and Canada. There are many Canadians who most Americans think are Americans (John Candy, William Shatner, Kenneth Galbraith).

Argentines live in a large and diverse country, and it is bigger than any of its neighbors (except Brazil), so they seem to think they are the center of everything, just as US people do.

Uruguayans and Canadians are constantly reminded of their larger neighbor, so they have a different attitude.

Anonymous said...

Una nota para Caro, lamentablemente veo que aun exite en Uruguay el tipico sabelotodo de hace anos que se lleva solo por sus limitados conocimientos sin comprender las cosas con vista global. No te has dado cuenta aun, que este sitio esta dedicado a hacer conocer nuestras cosas a personas de todo el mundo y que por ese motivo esta en Ingles?? Si eres de Uruguay no veo que necesites conocer nada de ahi, para estar metiendote en el sitio. Aunque parece que puedes aun aprender muchisimas cosas para poder asi cerrar la boca y no dar la idea a gente de otros paises que aun quedan algunos ignorantes en Uruguay!! Es una pena que alguien se toma la molestia de hacer este sitio tan fabuloso, solo para que un ignorante lo destruya con un simple comentario.

Alex Andreiuk said...

I love Uruguayan meat! Everytime I go to Uruguay I have to go to the Mercado del Puerto and order a nice and juicy Entrecot. Entrecot is the best meat cut I have ever tasted! Uruguay is a great country filled with great people! I am going there next week for a few days! Assados... beware cause i am arriving...
Thanks dude for this great site... My Dad is Uruguayan and he congratulating you for the initiative! Take care

Anonymous said...

argentina hates uruguay because we have got more soccer championships than them.

uruguayan would like to be like argentinian in many cases. pitiful cases...

i don know

Uruguayan girl said...

for the person who put that the asado is from argentina, lies. because asado, mate and dulce de leche, are from URUGUAY. i´m telling this to you because uruguay is the best country in the world. ♥

Anonymous said...

Hi to everybody,I want to make clear that there is a big difference between Uruguayans and other etnic groups from south America, so please do not mix between us!

Anonymous said...

uruguayans themselves are not an ethnic group. in fact, more than 85 % of the population is of european origin and about a 5% african, only as little as 1% can be considered of indigenous descent, since original tribes were exterminated by spanish conquerors

Anonymous said...

What it says Caro's not bad.
It has a certain logic.

The reaction of anonymous answers seem disproportionate.

I think it's best to go the middle way, in a Solomonic decision to publish the blog in two columns, Spanish and English.
Great blog.

regards

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Lo que dice Caro no está mal.
Posee cierta lógica.

La reacción del anónimo que le contesta parece desproporcionada.

Pienso que lo mejor es ir por el camino del medio, y en una decisión salomónica publicar el blog en dos columnas, español e inglés.
Gran blog.

Saludos

I can buy dollar bills. Can you? said...

A previous President from Uruguay stated that Argentines are all a bunch of thieves. And so it has been proven over and over by the Argentine politicians and public figures.

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