Latin Night

I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but my husband is from Argentina. He moved to Canada when he was 15 with his Mom and two brothers and has been here ever since.

The thing about Argentineans is that they are some of the warmest people you will meet. I am continually blown away each time we go back to visit how welcoming and kind-hearted people are.

Getting together with friends and family in Cordoba city guarantees a mix of great food, amazing wine, lots of laughter and no shortage of interesting conversation. I don’t speak Spanish but understand enough to follow along and everyone is always so good about making an effort to talk in English.

After 16 years, it feels like my home now too.

At my daughter’s school there is quite a large Latin contingent, with two of her closest friend’s parents coming from Chile and Colombia.

After lots of playdates and birthday parties I thought it would be great fun to bring the spirit of that Argentinian hospitality to a dinner with these two families at our house.

And so Latin night was born.

We decided it would be cool if everyone brought a dish from their country so we would have a variety of South American delights.

Picadas

A picada in Argentina is basically a selection of finger foods, or hors d’oeuvre, that people nibble[…]

  • Chorizo
  • Salami
  • Olives
  • Brie
  • Blue Cheese
  • Bourson
  • Crackers
  • Tapenade
  • Grapes

Argentinian Asado

  • Chorizo (sausage)
  • Bife de Chorizo (sirloin)
  • Asado de Tira (short ribs)
  • Pollo (chicken)

Chilean Pastel del Choclo

This is basically a Latin shepherds pie 🙂

Check this recipe out.

Columbian Arepas

These are sort of like a thicker tortilla. They are made with maize dough and are SO good.

Check out an Arepas recipe here.

Argentinian Chimichurri

Because you can’t have parilla without it!

Chimichurri is a delicious oik and vinegar sauce with lots of tangy herbs.

My brother-in-law made it and it was amazing!

Check out how to make Chimichurri here.

Ensalada Mixta

This is literally green leaf lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced white onions, dried oregano, olive oil and vinegar.

Sometimes the simplicity of food in Argentina is refreshing.

Ensalada Russ (sort of)

This was an Argentinian potato salad my sister-in-law made that was off the charts delicious!

Check out the recipe here.

Vino Tinto

  • Caballero Malbec
  • Big Game Malbec Syrah
  • 1884 Malbec Reserve

After Supper Drinks

  • Fernet Branca and Coca Cola on ice (Fernet is very reminiscent of Jagermiester and when mixed with Coke is such a popular drink among men in Argentina…it is also disgusting!)
  • Campari and orange juice over ice (this drink is also very popular in Argentina but for the ladies!)

Dessert

I’m linking to recipes as examples for how to make these amazing desserts but they were made by my incredible mother-in-law who always bakes from scratch.

As is typical in Argentina the men hovered around the BBQ drinking wine and providing quality control as each cut of meat was cooked, while the ladies prepared the table. Because #chauvenism

I jest 😉

These roles are most certainly born out of a previously very chauvinistic culture but on this night the wine and the *meat* were drawing the men in like mothes to a flame!

Latin night was such a success. It was a group of lovely, warm people who spoke of their time in South America with such love and fondness. Lots of Spanish, lots of laughs and lots of wine while the kids ran around and having a blast.

All ended the evening feeling culturally connected and happy to have made new friends.

5 Comments

    1. Funnily enough, simplicity. That is what I love about going back to Argentina is that everything gets taken back to basics. Meat is only seasoned with salt, recipes use very common and affordable ingriedients and are not complex flavor profiles. Lots of elements of comfort food (i.e. potatoes, polenta, meat, rice, pastries and very simple salads).

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