Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chivito....sort of

The chivito is a national Uruguayan dish kind of like a philly cheese steak, only it is way better, is tenderloin instead of ribeye and doesn't have cheese whiz.

The chivito is a thin grilled beef tenderloin sandwich topped with ham, mozzarella, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. It has an interesting story behind it's origin and is very open to options. Go read Gera's guest post at Erica's My Colombian Recipes, trust me, you'll enjoy it.

Here's what I did tonight. It's somewhere between the Chivito Comun and the Chivito Canadiense versions that Gera wrote about.

I partially cooked bacon and then finished crisping it up on the Big Green Egg.

I toasted some kaiser rolls.

I sliced a partially frozen butt end of a beef tenderloin on the meat slicer into 1/4 inch steaks....steakettes maybe? Seasoned them with salt and pepper and tossed them on the Egg at 450f direct heat for 45 seconds.

Like that cast iron grate? I received it to test out from a fellow BBQ Brethren member and will be doing a full review in a week or so. Right now, I'll just leave it at "WOW".

As soon as I flipped the beef, we started topping them with Canadian bacon (instead of the traditional ham) and mozzarella. Let the beef go 45 seconds on this side too.

Then we topped it with the bacon, lettuce, onion, and tomato. Instead of regular mayo, I used a cumin-mayo. We served it up with some sweet potato fries and some of the cumin-mayo for dipping the fries.

I first found Gera's blog 4 months ago when I was googling for info on how to make the classic Milanesa sandwich, another Uruguayan classic. If Gera keeps this up, I'm moving my family to Uruguay.


  1. You have a meat slicer!! I can't think of meat slicers without thinking of Seinfeld.

  2. That is an awesome burger!

  3. WHAT??? No Cheeze Whiz? First of all I've never had a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. Do they really have Cheese Whiz on them? 2nd) This sandwich sounds fabulous. I follow her blog but haven't seen anything recently. I need to make sure I'm still subscribed. Thanks for the post. I wish I could grill, it's 11 below this a.m. in Denver. brrrrrrr

  4. Man-o-Manischewitz does that look good. I am going to make that for sure. On the other hand a lot to be said for a Philly cheese steak, I love the the cheeze wiz. I also love that you have to bend over to eat one, so the grease doesn't drip on your shirt.

  5. That takes a "sammich" right into gourmet category!

  6. OMG - this is totally my type of sandwich!!! I love the looks of thist!

    And cheeze whiz sucks!

  7. Thanks so much for featuring the national dish of my country Uruguay! I like a lot your version with cumin-mayo and with sweet potato fries, really brilliant.
    You're welcome for coming here to enjoy these beef dishes and many more :)

    All the best,


  8. You can't move to Uruguay because I am moving to your neighborhood so I can eat all of your tasty meals.

    This is my kind of sandwich - I love everything about it.

    P.S. It was a honeycrisp apple.

  9. Great burger. I'm not familiar with Chivito. So much fun stuff to learn in food.

  10. Wow, great photo! The sandwich doesn't look too bad either :)
    As for the comment on my site yes, it will be a little strange when my daughter is in college and i'm still 29. Guess i'll have to bump it up a little in the next few years!

  11. First - I can't believe you have a meat slicer. Actually I can and once again, I am envious.

    Second - this has to be one of the greatest sandwiches ever.

    Third - photos look great.

    Fourth - I like the Canadian touches: Chivito Canadiense, and then using Canadian Bacon. Great job, eh?!

  12. Ok, you lost me at Cheez Whiz - LOL

    This is too upscale to be called a sandwich Crhis...I'm thinking sammich fits better!

  13. That looks SO good! I am going to have to try this.

  14. I love this and I love learning new things about food. GREG


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