A picada is a wonderful Argentinian tradition of serving a tray of artfully arranged finger foods for everyone to share. It's a genius idea for entertaining—people simply "pick" at the foods (the name picada comes from the Spanish verb picar) while they enjoy wine or beer and socialize. A picada can be an appetizer, especially before an asado (meal from the grill) or as a late-night supper/snack among friends.
You can serve this alongside french fries, slices of bread, and peanuts. The possibilities are truly limitless. The recipe below is just mere suggestions and you can experiment with whatever cured meats and cheese you want to make a charcuterie that suits your tastes.
- Sliced deli meat (such as smoked turkey and ham)
- Hard salami
- Sliced chorizo sausage
- Cubes of cheese (cheddar, Monterey jack, farmer's cheese, etc.)
- Green and black olives
- Slices of pizza (cut into bite-size pieces)
- An omelette (cut into bite-size pieces)
- Smoked almonds
- Dried fruit
- Grainy mustard
- Chimichurri sauce
- Slices of French bread
Arrange meats and cheeses decoratively on a tray.
Serve bread and nuts in small bowls on the side, and provide toothpicks or forks and small plates to guests.
Enjoy it with your preferred pairing of wine or beer.