Revuelto gramajo, the dish supposedly created after a famous Argentine racecar driver requested this mish-mash of foods (at least, that’s what I’ve been told), can be found at most restaurants in Argentina and Uruguay. It’s a healthy (ha!) mix of Argentine favourite foods – french-fried potatoes, eggs, ham, cheese, peas. Actually, it varies from place to place, though eggs, ham, and fries are necessary parts. While not the healthiest, it’s a very different way to experience your fries.
Another tasty treat that many people have for merienda – afternoon snack, or tea time – is called a martín fierro here in Uruguay (possibly in Argentina, too, though I’ve never seen it). What is it? Some cheese (the choice is up to you if you’re making it – most people eat it with a bland white cheese. Here we had it with a saltier cheese, which I liked but Chris didn’t) with what is called dulce de mebrillo on top – it’s gelatinated quince – kind of tastes like the middle of Fig Newtons from when you were a kid. This is actually a nice dish and isn’t filling, which is probably why it is so popular as a snack or dessert.
Argentines and Uruguayans certainly love their little sweets and they do them well (just ask Chris!). You can find sweets like this in confiterías all over the country. Cheap, tasty, and often filled with dulce de leche, they’re sometimes referred to as facturas and are often brought with one for a visit. They are always welcome, though they can get a bit sweet at times. A friend was just trying to a factura revue and is all sweeted-out. Especially on the dulce de leche front.
Lastly, here’s something that I’ve only seen in Uruguay. It’s a dessert we found in Paysandú called chajá. It seems to be a kind of cakey dessert covered with crumbled meringue cookies on top, a layer of cake on the bottle, and a kind of custard with fruit in the middle. It may look overpoweringly sweet, but it really isn’t, which is nice. We enjoyed a nice piece of peach chajá, as this is peach country.