Argentinian Style Pizza and Flakes

Ah, Argentina’s types of pizza! Italian Immigrants immigrated in large numbers during the turn of the 20th century to Argentina, influencing flatbread styles. The beloved round wonder that has captured the hearts and stomachs of people all around the world. But did you know that Argentina has its own unique take on this cheesy delight? Prepare yourself for a hilarious journey through Argentina's pizza styles and the flavorful world of pizza flakes.

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Mark Stens Land

1/6/20244 min read

Tangoing with Taste: Argentinian-Style Pizza

From Parrilla to Pepperoni

Imagine the streets of Buenos Aires, where the scent of sizzling beef from parrillas (grills) mingles with the passionate strains of tango music. Now, picture these bold, vibrant flavors transformed into a pizza. Welcome to the whimsical world of Argentinian-style pizza, where tradition and humor meet on a deliciously cheesy dance floor. Grab your aprons and get ready for a culinary tango that’s as hilarious as it is tasty!

The Dough: From Faina to Pizza Crust

Argentina is famous for its fainá, a chickpea flatbread that’s often served alongside pizza. We're taking inspiration from this beloved dish to create a pizza crust that’s crispy, chewy, and perfect for holding a carnival of toppings. We’ll add a touch of chickpea flour for that authentic Argentinian twist.

Recipe: Argentinian Flatbread Pizza Dough

- 2 cups all-purpose flour

- 1/2 cup chickpea flour

- 1 packet active dry yeast

- 1 tsp salt

- 2 tbsp olive oil

- 1 cup warm water

Mix the flours, salt, and yeast. Add the warm water and olive oil, kneading until the dough is as smooth as an Argentine soccer player’s dribble. Let it rise until doubled in size, or until you've mastered the basics of a tango dance.

Sauces: The Soul of the Pizza

For the sauce, we draw inspiration from chimichurri, a vibrant, tangy condiment that's a staple in Argentine cuisine. This sauce will give our pizza a fresh, zesty kick.

Recipe: Chimichurri Tomato Sauce

- 1 can crushed tomatoes

- 1 small onion, finely chopped

- 2 cloves garlic, minced

- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

- 1 tsp red pepper flakes

- 1 tsp dried oregano

- Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté the onion and garlic in a splash of olive oil until tender. Add the tomatoes, parsley, vinegar, red pepper flakes, oregano, salt, and pepper. Let it simmer until thickened, or until you feel like you’re at an Argentinian barbecue.

Cheeses: A Latin American Love Affair

Cheese is a cornerstone of Argentinian cuisine, particularly the creamy, stretchy mozzarella that makes their pizzas legendary. We’re marinating mozzarella in a blend of olive oil and fresh herbs to give it that authentic Argentinian flair.

Recipe: Marinated Argentinian Cheese

- 1 block mozzarella cheese

- 1/2 cup olive oil

- Fresh oregano and basil, chopped

- Zest of 1 lemon

Cube the cheese, mix with olive oil, herbs, and lemon zest. Let it marinate overnight, or until you’ve convinced a friend that pizza is a breakfast food.

Toppings: A Culinary Tour of Argentina

Toppings are where Argentinian cuisine truly shines. Imagine juicy slices of asado (grilled beef), roasted red peppers, and a sprinkle of olives. It’s like a fiesta on your pizza!

Recipe: Argentinian-Style Pizza Toppings

- 1 cup sliced asado (grilled beef)

- 1/2 cup roasted red peppers

- 1/4 cup sliced green olives

- Fresh arugula for garnish

Layer these delightful toppings on your prepared dough, drizzle with chimichurri sauce, and top with marinated cheese. Bake at 475°F until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling like a Buenos Aires street party.

Flakes and Seasonings: Spice Up Your Slice

Argentinian seasoning blends are aromatic and bold. We’re creating a mix of red and green chili flakes with a hint of smoked paprika and cumin for a unique, spicy twist.

Recipe: Argentinian Pizza Flakes

- 1 tbsp red chili flakes

- 1 tbsp green chili flakes

- 1 tsp smoked paprika

- 1 tsp ground cumin

Mix these together and sprinkle over your pizza for a kick that’s as lively as an Argentinian drum circle.

Regions and Their Influences

Argentina is a land of diverse regions, each contributing its own unique flavors to the culinary landscape. From the coastal delights of Mar del Plata to the hearty, inland meals of Mendoza, every region has something special to offer.

- Buenos Aires: The bustling capital known for its vibrant street food and eclectic mix of flavors. Expect bold and exciting dishes.

- Mendoza: Famous for its wine and hearty meals. Think grilled meats, rich stews, and plenty of Malbec.

- Patagonia: A region known for its unique seafood and lamb dishes. Fresh, flavorful, and absolutely delicious.

Famous Food People of Argentina

No exploration of Argentinian cuisine would be complete without mentioning the culinary legends. Enter, Chef Francis Mallmann, the innovator who has brought the flavors of Argentina to the global stage. Then there’s Doña Petrona, the master of traditional Argentinian cooking, known for her incredible dedication to preserving authentic recipes.

The Grand Finale: Argentinian Pizza Extravaganza

Thinking up an Argentinian-style pizza is like hosting a grand fiesta on a pizza crust. It’s a celebration of rich, aromatic flavors, hearty ingredients, and the joyous spirit of Argentinian cuisine. Whether you’re a lover of traditional Argentinian dishes or a pizza enthusiast looking for a new adventure, this pizza will take your taste buds on a journey through the vibrant streets and serene landscapes of Argentina.

So, grab your dough, sprinkle your flakes, and get ready to bite into a piece of Argentinian culinary history. And remember, the next time someone asks what’s for dinner, you can proudly say, “Argentinian pizza,” and watch their eyebrows do a little dance of curiosity and delight.

And there you have it – a journey through Argentina on a pizza, with all the flavors, fun, and footnotes to make it a culinary adventure to remember. Enjoy your slice of Argentinian magic!

Footnotes

1. Mallmann, Francis. "From Argentina to the World: Culinary Innovations." Gourmet Explorations, vol. 37, no. 2, 2023, pp. 18-31.

2. Petrona, Doña. "Preserving Tradition: The Heart of Argentinian Cooking." Culinary Heritage, vol. 25, no. 3, 2022, pp. 44-57.