Rebecca Witzke
3-10-09

chivitos
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Different kinds of chivitos
Chivitos are one of the most renowned typical Uruguayan dishes, and often the favorite of people who visit the country. This dish can be found in three different varieties: chivito al plato, chivito al pan, and chivito canadiense.

Chivito al plato
A chivito al plato would usually have the following ingredients: a 1/4 inch steak (such as a filet mignon), 2 or 3 slices of bacon, an egg, ham, mozzarella cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce, fried potatoes and/or potatoes with carrots and green beans salad, mayonnaise, and salt.
How to prepare a chivito al plato: Fry the bacon and a few slices of onion. Then, in the same pan and with the bacon grease, cook the steak, adding a bit of salt when is half way done and then also adding the ham and mozzarella cheese on top of it. The mozzarella cheese should melt. Then fry the egg, use a clean pan if necessary. Then cut the tomato in slices and start preparing the dish in the following way: Start by putting the steak with ham and mozzarella on the dish, then add the bacon, tomato, fried egg, and onion on top of it (the order can vary). Add some more tomato and the lettuce to a side along with the fries and potatoes salad.

Chivito al pan
For a chivito al pan you would need: bread (such as a hard roll), a 1/4 inch steak (such as a fillet mignon), tomato, lettuce, ham, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, and sometimes a boiled egg as well. How to prepare the chivito al plato: cook the steak in a pan. Add salt to it when is halfway done and at that point also add a slice of ham and a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of it (the cheese should melt). Add mayonnaise to the bread and then put the steak in it, followed by the tomato, lettuce, and boiled egg in slices. Eat it as a sandwich.

Chivito canadiense
A chivito canadiense is a chivito with several other ingredients. A chivito canadiense would require: bread (such as a hard roll or French bread), a 1/4 inch steak (such as a fillet mignon), a slice of ham, a slice of mozzarella cheese, tomato in slices, lettuce, a couple slices of bacon, onion, olives, pickles, and sweet belly pepper. You can add all these ingredients or only the ones you prefer (it is a quite customizable dish).
Prepare the chivito canadiense by: frying the bacon, onion in slices, and some slices of sweet red belly pepper as well if you wish. Then cook the steak in the grease of the bacon, adding salt to it when is halfway done as well as the ham and mozzarella on top. Then fry the egg (it can also be used boiled and in slices instead). Add some mayonnaise to the bread, then the steak with ham and cheese, followed by a slice of tomato, lettuce, bacon, onions, olives in slices, pickles, and sweet belly pepper. Don't forget to have many napkins next to you while you eat it!


Chivitos, and chivitos canadienses, are not only a popular food in Uruguay but also often are the favorite Uruguayan food for many tourists who visit the country. Chivitos usually consist on a cow meat sandwich with lettuce, tomato, ham, mozzarella cheese, and mayonnaise; while chivitos canadienses are the same as chivitos but with several other ingredients such as onions, egg, olives, pickles, sweet belly pepper, and bacon. Chivitos can also be eaten "al plato", this is on a dish and without the bread.


When do people eat it?
People usually eat it as a light dinner or as a lunch meal. It’s real falling and it’s quite cheap there apparently.


Why is it popular?
It’s very popular because the ingredients are easily accessible and the sandwich is really easy to put together. It’s a lot like the burger to us Americans, A hot sandwich that’s very delicious

Why did you choose it?
I knew I wanted to do Uruguay, and when I found that it sounded really interesting.. So I found a photo of it and it reminded me of the burger. So I decided to use that.

Whats the eating habits of Uruguay?
In Uruguay you would eat a light breakfast such as coffee and bread with butter. Lunch is big and filling, workers usually come home for that meal if they can. Dinner is very late at nine or ten o'clock at night. Some eating habits and manners are: the fork goes in the left hand and the knife in the right hand. It is considered rude to keep your hand below the table while eating. It is common to wipe your plate with bread when you finish eating any meal.

What are popular food products of Uruguay?
Uruguay largest food product of beef. In fact it is one of the largest exporters of meat, as of December 2008 they were the 8th largest beef exporter in the world.

Whats the typical Cuisine of Uruguay?
Uruguayan cuisine is typical for temperate countries, high on butter, fat, and grains, low on spice.Some of the typical Uruguayan food and dishes are part of the country's traditions and an element which often unites Uruguayans no matter in what place of the world they are. This way, one of the main aspects Uruguayans miss while being away from their country are these typical meals and flavors which are not easy to find at other places.