There are many interesting Uruguayan food recipes for meals and deserts, but there are two which can be considered among the most typical in the country: the "asado" and the "alfajores de maicena con dulce de leche". We will give the recipes to each one of these Uruguayan foods in order to share some of the secrets from this country's cuisine with the rest of the world.
The asado is the most typical Uruguayan food recipe, and although it is traditionally prepared in a typical fire wood oven called "parrillero", which provides it with a unique flavor, it can also be cooked in a common oven as well. Therefore, the recipe we will detail next can be used to prepare an asado in a parrillero and in a typical one as well.
Picture of an asado being cooked, Uruguay
In order to cook asado, it is necessary to count with the following main ingredients: water, salt, cooking oil, garlic, and asado meat. First, you should prepare a "mojo" consisting on some water with salt, which you should spread all over the asado meat half way while cooking it. Then, everything will be ready to start cooking the meat under medium temperature in case it is a regular oven.
Once the asado is ready, you should serve it next to a recipient containing “chimichurri” sauce. The chimichurri sauce consists on cooking oil with some oregano, salt, and garlic (chopped in very small pieces), all mixed together and without cooking. Each person can add as much cimichurri as they wish to every portion of asado. Besides this, a typical Uruguayan asado would usually be accompanied with a salad of tomatoes and lettuce.
The alfajores de maizena with dulce de leche are another typical Uruguay’s food recipe and can be eaten as a desert as well as to accompany a cup of tea or coffee. We will tell you how to prepare the alfajores as well as how to prepare the dulce de leche in case you need to do it your self as well.
In order to be able to cook the alfajores de maizena you will need: 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of maizena, 1 egg, 140 grams of butter, 1 spoon of powdered lemon peel, 2 spoons of sugar, and 1 1/2 spoons of baking powder, (also grated coconut and dulce de leche to use after they are baked). You should slowly mix all the ingredients (without the grated coconut and dulce de leche of course) until it looks like a soft paste. Then, you should stretch it until it shows a width of about 1/2 cm, and cut it in circular shapes as if they were cookies (you could use a cup for it).
Once you have cut the alfajores, then simply put them on a bakeware with very little or nothing of butter, and bake for about 10 minutes or until they are done but do not show a toasted color. Next, once they are out of the oven and colder, you should put some dulce de leche in one side of one of them and cover it with another as if it was a sandwich. Then roll the side of it (where the dulce de leche shows) over grated coconut, and this Uruguay food recipe will be ready!
Here we provide you with the Uruguay's food recipe for dulce de leche in case you need to cook it. You just need the following ingredients: 4 liters of milk, 1 kg of sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and some drops of vanilla extract. First, you should heat the milk in a large saucepan until it is boiling. Once the milk is boiling, you should add the other ingredients and cook it in a medium temperature until it becomes consistent and shows a caramel like color. It is important to remember turning it around with a spoon as often as possible while cooking it.