Argentinian Empanadas and Dutch Gouda: Traditional Eats for the World Cup Semifinals
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What's the one dish that Argentines miss the most when living abroad? Well, if you talk to Maximiliano Alvarez of Fiorito, there's too many to choose from:
mollejas (sweetbreads), provoleta cheese with chorizo, milanesas, and empanadas, just to name a few. Fair enough. But when we press harder, he has the most to say about the empanadas, which are derived from his father's recipe:
"He used to make it with hanger steak, cutting the meat himself and he'd put in hardboiled egg and olives, but people here [in Miami] didn't like that so we took it out."
While Fiorito's may not be the biggest restaurant (they seat about 70), nor the one with the most LED screens (two), if you want to have one of the most emblematic foods of Argentina, surrounded by passionate locals rooting for their madre patria, then this is the place to watch the Argentina-Netherlands game at 4 p.m. today.
The empanadas are hand-rolled, baked, and toasted before being served on a wooden board. The outside is as flaky as a croissant, the inside full of tender, flavorful hanger steak spiced with cumin, ají molido, and paprika. The meat comes from Rosario's, a distributor in Argentina, and it's a good deal at $3. Just don't expect any condiments.
"In Argentina we don't put chimichurri on our empanadas," says Alvarez. "We just eat it as is."
Happy hour at Fiorito is from 4 to 7 p.m., plenty of time to enjoy the food and buckets of Quilmes beer (five bottles) for $20.