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Super Bowl Sunday Menu in Mendoza

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For those of us from the United States, Super Bowl Sunday is a day that is virtually impossible to ignore. We have all been to, or at least been invited to, Super Bowl parties every year and if your local team is one of the lucky opponents, that guarantees the parties will just be even bigger. Like football and the halftime show on Super Bowl Sunday, food is another highlight of the event.

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What is the typical menu of a Super Bowl party? Foods such as wings, pizza, and a thousand different chips/crackers and dip combinations tend to be seen on most occasions. In my house, for example, we eat all of those things plus different snacks that my mom puts together on the fly. There is, however, one thing that is never forgotten in my house: the meat and cheese tray. Yes the name lacks luster, but in Steelers nation (Pittsburgh, PA area) all social gatherings, especially football oriented ones, have a meat and cheese tray (simple and delicious like the one I enjoyed last year – image above). I´m happy to report that I will not be missing that tradition this year even though I´ll be spending my Sunday here in Mendoza.

Why is that? It´s because big elaborate trays filled with meats, cheeses, and olives are already a staple in Argentine get-togethers. Picadas (meat and cheese platters) in Argentina are big, varied, and always delicious. So how do you properly prepare a picada? Let´s find out!



Step One: Head to your local deli and order the amount of salami, cooked ham, prosciutto, and bologna you need to make your guests happy.

Step Two: On to the cheeses. You will need Roquefort, mozzarella, provolone, brie, and be sure to add cheddar for a US friendly twist.

Step Three: Don´t forget the olives! Both green and blackvarieties should be present.

Step Four: Put it all together on a nice big, festive platter and arrange everything in a fun design. Presentation is the key to serving a good picada.

Sounds easy enough right? Give it a try this weekend and let us know how it went onFacebook,Twitter, or instagram a photo and tag us @UncorkingArgentina. Then come visit and try a traditional picada to see how yours measured up!


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