Sliced Provoleta grilling on a typical Argentine asado rack.
Sliced Provoleta grilling on a typical Argentine asado rack.

Provoleta is an Argentine variant of provolone cheese described as "Argentine pulled-curd Provolone cheese". It is eaten grilled in Argentina and Uruguay. It can be made on a grill, or indoors in a cast-iron pan. The cheese should be firm and able to hold its shape when grilled.[1]

It was introduced in Argentina by Natalio Alba, a native of the Calabria region in Italy, who created this cheese inspired by typical cheeses of his region such as provola silana and caciocavallo, combining it with the tradition of Argentine asado.

Small discs of locally produced provolone cheese of 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) in diameter and 1 to 15 cm (0.5 to 6 inches) in height are often eaten at the start of an asado, before the grilled meat. The provolone, often topped with chilli and oregano, is placed directly on the grill, on small stones or inside a foil plate, and cooked until part-melted. The provoleta may be seasoned with chimmichurri, a mixture of oils and spices, and is usually eaten communally with bread.[2]

Stuffed provoleta (Spanish: provoleta rellena) is provoleta stuffed with assorted fillings that could include ham, barbecue sausage or morcilla blood sausage, cheese, vegetables, peppers and onions.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Raichlen, Steven (2004). Indoor! Grilling.
  2. ^ "How to make provoleta - Argentina's bubbling melted cheese and chimichurri salsa".
  3. ^ ¡Un aplauso para el asador!. Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial Argentina.