May 28, 2024

Torta Asada: Another Argentine Asado Essential

Have you ever tried a Torta Asada? This simple yet delicious type of bread is a must-have for any Argentine Asado. The best part: you’ll be able to prepare it in just a few minutes.  In this article, I’ll explain the history, essential ingredients, and steps for making your own grilled torta asada at home. […]

Daniela Solis

May 28, 2024

Have you ever tried a Torta Asada? This simple yet delicious type of bread is a must-have for any Argentine Asado. The best part: you’ll be able to prepare it in just a few minutes. 

In this article, I’ll explain the history, essential ingredients, and steps for making your own grilled torta asada at home.

What is torta asada, exactly?

Torta asada is a type of bread made of water, flour, oil, and one essential ingredient that sets it apart: beef fat. This addition gives it a distinct, mouthwatering flavor. 

It has a great texture for your parrilla argentina, and it pairs beautifully with any meat cut you choose for your asado. Now, let’s see how these simple ingredients combine into something truly extraordinary.

torta a la parrila

Ingredients for torta asada

  • Flour (4 cups)
  • Warm Water (1 1/2 cups)
  • Yeast (1 packet or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • Beef Fat (Grasa de Vaca) (1/2 cup, melted)
  • Salt (1 tablespoon)
  • Sugar (1 teaspoon)
  • Chimichurri Sauce (for serving)

Step-by-Step Cooking Process

Ready to try out torta asada? Here’s a step-by-step recipe anyone can follow:

Prepare the Dough

In a mixing bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy, indicating the yeast is active. Add the flour, melted beef fat, and salt to the bowl, and mix until a dough forms.

Knead the Dough

This is the most important part of the recipe and will make your torta have the right texture for the grill: transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. 

Let the Dough Rise

Now is the time to be patient. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in size.

Shape the Dough

Punch down the dough to release any air bubbles. Finally, divide it into smaller portions, shaping each into a kind of round flatbread, brushed with a bit of melted beef fat to enhance the flavor and prevent it from sticking to the grill.

Light up Your Parrilla

Set up your parrilla with a generous amount of charcoal. Light it and let it burn until it forms white-hot embers, ensuring an even, medium-high heat across the grill. Then, spread the coals evenly under the grill grates to create a consistent cooking temperature. For an even cook, you may want to pile more coals on one side to create a hotter zone and a cooler zone.

Grill the Dough

Place the tortas directly on the hot grill grates. Mind you, you’ll need to watch the bread closely to avoid burning! They just need to be grilled for about 3-5 minutes on each side, or until the dough has developed a nice, golden crust with grill marks.

Serving Your Grilled Torta Asada

Once your Torta Asada is perfectly grilled, slice it and serve it immediately. Here are some ways to make the most of it:

  • Serve alongside grilled meats like chorizo, ribs, or steak with a generous side of salsa criolla sauce.
  • Spread some chimichurri sauce directly onto the bread for an extra experience.
  • Use the grilled Torta Asada to create a sandwich filled with leftover Asado meats, grilled vegetables, or cheese.

Tips for Grilling Torta Asada

Make your Torta Asada grilling experience easier with these tips:

  • Monitor the Heat: Keep an eye on the grill temperature to prevent burning: torta asada needs to be slowly cooked, just like thicker cuts of meat like vacío or t-bone. 
  • Rotate the Bread: For even grilling, rotate the bread halfway through the cooking process to ensure all sides get equal heat.
  • Rest the Bread: After grilling, allow the grilled Torta Asada to rest for a couple of minutes. This helps the bread set and makes it easier to slice (and eat!).
  • Serve Fresh: Torta Asada is best enjoyed fresh off the grill, so plan to serve it right away!

Now you’re all set to fire up your Argentine parrilla and grill some mouthwatering Torta Asada. Gather your ingredients, invite your friends and family, and get ready to enjoy this exotic and easy-to-prepare Argentine bread.

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