A Sampler Tray of Cured Meats and Cheeses, Argentinian-style

Meats and cheeses
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8-10

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.

, french fries, slices of bread, and peanuts.


  • (These are just suggestions...)
  • Sliced deli meat, such as smoked turkey and ham
  • Hard Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Sliced chorizo sausage
  • Cubes of cheese - cheddar, monterey jack, farmer's cheese
  • Green and Black Olives
  • Slices of pizza, cut into bite-size pieces
  • An omelette, cut into bite-size pieces (Spanish Omelet Recipe - Tortilla Espanola)
  • Peanuts
  • Smoked Almonds
  • Dried Fruit
  • Grainy Mustard
  • Chimichurri Sauce
  • Slices of French bread

Steps to Make It

  1. Arrange meats and cheeses decoratively on a tray.

  2. Serve bread and nuts in small bowls on the side, and provide toothpicks or forks and small plates to guests.

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