Provoleta

Provoleta

Provoleta - Argentinian grilled cheese

Three ingredients.

That’s all it takes to get yourself into cheesy Argentinian nirvana.

Provoleta - Argentinian grilled cheese cooked in Pyrolux pyrocast round gratin

Argentina is all about eating meat. Well, a good chunk of its cuisine is, anyway. But the good thing for us cheese lovers is that many parrilla and asado menus have this as an option.

Provoleta.

It was invented by a cheese-making Italian immigrant more than 70 years ago – a guy that wanted to add grilled cheese to the meat-filled parrillas. He chose provolone as it stood up to direct heat much better than others, due to its semi-firm texture.

Provoleta - Argentinian grilled cheese

True parilleros know they should leave the provolone out of the fridge for several hours before slapping it over the coals. This dries out the surface so it crisps beautifully and holds its shape

Others choose to cook the cheese in a ceramic or cast iron dish – as I have done – so the diner can dunk into it with bread. Either way it’s a delightfully sinful experience.

The best bits? That golden, caramelised crust that’s spent time against the hot skillet. Oooh yeah!

Many parrillas team it with charred red capsicum, bacon and other ingredients, just like the one I savoured at El Desnivel in Buenos Aires. It’s so good!

Provoleta - Argentinian grilled cheese cooked in Pyrolux pyrocast round gratin

 

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Provoleta
Three ingredients. That's all it takes to get yourself into oozing cheesy Argentinian nirvana with this easy to make provoleta.
Provoleta - Argentinian grilled cheese cooked in Pyrolux pyrocast round gratin
Course Starters
Cuisine Argentinean
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Starters
Cuisine Argentinean
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Provoleta - Argentinian grilled cheese cooked in Pyrolux pyrocast round gratin
Instructions
  1. Lay your slab of provolone onto the kitchen bench and press some fresh oregano leaves onto the top. Scatter some chilli flakes over as well, pressing down gently so they stick.
  2. Heat a 12-14 cm cast iron skillet over medium-high flame. Lay the cheese in the skillet, unseasoned side down. Cook for a couple of minutes, or until it gets nice and golden on the bottom.
  3. Flip the cheese over with a spatula and cook the other side as well, until it all melts and fills the skillet.
  4. To serve, garnish with more oregano leaves and chilli flakes. Simply dunk into it with the toasted bread.
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  • Brings me memories of having way too much (excellent) food in Bs As 🙂

  • This looks so good and easy, John. I think I tried it once before but don’t remember flipping it. Maybe that is why mine wasn’t successful! Definitely trying this over the weekend! Salud!

  • Thanks for the pro tip for grilling provolone! This cheesy goodness looks amazing.

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