Argentinian Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Argentineans love beef. In fact in Buenos Aires many locals eat beef a dozen times a week. So great is their respect for this noble meat that no Argentinean would ever dream of marinating it or of seasoning it with anything other than salt. Still, two condiments are commonly served with grilled meats: a gusty parsley-garlic sauce called chimichurri and a robust relish called salsa criolla. The former is a cross between pesto and vinaigrette, made with fragrant fresh flat-leaf parsley and a nose-blasting dose of garlic. (Don't worry about bad breath: the parsley acts as a breath freshener.) Salsa criolla combines tomatoes, onions and peppers.
As in North America, a typical Argentinean steak house would serve baked potatoes or french fries. But at least one Buenos Aires restuarant?Las Naszarenas?also offers a sort of pan-fried potato-onion frittata called Tortilla Espanola.
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