Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Try the Local Food: Asado Part 1 (Chorizo/Morcilla)

The meat in Uruguay will make Carnivores eyes open wide and mouths drool. The ultimate expression of Uruguayan´s love affair with everything cow is when they gather with family & friends to worship at the alter of asado: la parilla. Every house that can has one or as is the case in the house I am at two! Here they drink wine, coke, or whiskey and eat cheese and most importantly meat until they can´t anymore. Platters of meat make the rounds as people put down as much as humanly possible. My best guess is an average adult male Uruguayan at an asado consumes 1.5 kilos of meat or 3.3 lbs.

The first meats typically served are different types of Chorizo. Much less spicy than Mexican sausage and more similar to German Bratwurst. Then comes the thick, pasty textured Morcilla or blood-sausage. The consistency is similar to mashed potatoes so not everyone is a fan of it, but I am a big fan of it. Stay tuned next wednesday for the main part of a traditional asado.

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