A picada is a social event in Argentina. Essentially a charcuterie board with cheese, olives and other small appetizers. Generally, friends or family will have a display of picada available for several hours during social occasions for snacking between meals. People simply “pick” at the foods (the name picada comes from the Spanish verb picar) while they socialize. If you’d like to prepare a picada, listen to some Tango and discuss your Argentina studies, feel free to use a non dairy cheese or eliminate any dairy together.
Feel free to use mix and match any of the following ingredients to create your picada experience.
- Sliced deli meat (such as smoked turkey and ham)
- Hard salami
- Sliced chorizo sausage
- Cubes or slices of cheese (parmesan, cheddar, etc)
- An assortment of olives
- Slices of boiled egg
- Smoked almonds
- Dried fruit
- Small dish of grainy mustard
- Chimichurri sauce
- Small slices of French bread
Slice, arrange and prepare all of the ingredients on a board, platter, or serving dish of your choice. In general it is best to flare, or fan out the ingredients so they can be picked up with ease. If you feel there is something missing from the list of ingredients above, by all means… come up with your own ideas. Send us photos of what you come up with!
The Tango is a dance and accompanying musical style that were created in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It consists of highly synchronized movements, and uniquely tied to the history and tradition of Argentina. Watch a video of Tango here.