Adobos – Marinades

As mentioned earlier, most Argentineans prefer salt to be the only seasoning added to meats for an asado. However, some meats, like those with a tough texture or wild game, need a little enhancement to make them more enjoyable.

Adobos are simply marinades. Although marinades are commonly defined as liquid-based mixtures containing oil, brine, and acidic liquids, adobos can be classified as liquid-based or dry rubs. They are used to both help tenderize and flavor meats. The ingredients for adobos, used in Argentinean cooking, are not much different than what you might find in marinades around the world. Many contain olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, wine, garlic, onions, herbs, spices, and salt.

The next section will consist of common adobos that are used for meats in Argentina. These are simply generalized versions of recipes, since everyone has their own taste and preference. Add your favorite herbs and spices. Mess around with the quantities if you choose. Quite simply, create your own style to separate yourself from the rest.

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