Don Gaucho

Author: Juan Grosso

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Don Gaucho NEW to the Speciality & Fine Food Fair!

Hello from everyone here at DON GAUCHO – Creators of exciting authentic gourmet Argentinian food products and importers of fine wine. Born in Argentina, made in Spain and now coming to England!

Well the countdown has well and truly begun. Since deciding that we will be participating at this year’s Speciality & Fine Food Fair at London Olympia from 6th – 8th September 2015 the last few week’s have been what can only be described as a roller coaster ride of excitement! This is our first trade fair in the UK and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our authentic flavours, never tasted before in the UK at THE industry’s flagship event. 

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As many of you, our loyal customers, fans and friends will already know, we’re crazy about Argentina, rich in tradition when it comes to food and wine, famous worldwide for its great quality beef. Our product range reflects the best of what Argentinian life is all about, simple living maximum enjoyment. Our product range respects authentic recipes passed on through generations of gauchos and families, brought up to date with a modern twist and new variations on traditional recipes. We thought it was about time we shared that with the UK where these types of world flavours are embraced almost more than traditional English grub!

We hand make our products in our production facilities based in Southern Spain, so right now we are currently making new batches, new recipes, sample packs and mini tasters to share with you all…all-guns-blazing to jump head-first into this exciting event.

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A short history of who we are and where we came from:

For those of you that don’t  know how we started: A chance meeting in a pub one late night in 2008, several years after playing football together in an amateur Spanish football team, saw the start of an unlikely friendship. Stephen and Juan quickly learnt that contrary to popular opinion, Argentinian and British men have very similar motivations in life: football, beer and barbecuing meat! Stephen thought the British were the kings of the BBQ, but very quickly learned his place in that little head to head. Astounded by the taste of all the unusual sounding cuts of meats, slow grilled over wood fire Argy style along with Juan’s signature Chimichurri sauce.  They figured, together whilst enjoying yet another incredible BBQ; that they should change that for good.

Certainly from the response we’ve had from the British living over here in Spain, going crazy for DON GAUCHO, literally they often hug Juan thanking him for introducing them to our flavours… we can’t wait to share our authentic recipes with the most influential people in the British Gourmet Food scene and to see if they respond in the same way.

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Click here to see our exhibitor page and our range of products that you can find at the show.

OUR YUMMY PRODUCTS

Don Gaucho Chimichurri Sauces:
Our signature sauce, the Original Chimichurri, is a similar consistency to a salsa or chutney, a deep red jeweled glaze packed full of flavour yet made from simple ingredients such as red pepper flakes, garlic and herbs. Hand made in our own production facility. In Argentina it has been traditionally served alongside grilled or roast beef for centuries. We have found it to be so versatile it is amazing with anything from scrambled eggs to roast potatoes (we’ve tried hundreds of combos). It works great as an overnight marinade for meat or fish too, or dunk rustic bread or nachos into it. The options are literally endless. But once you’ve tried it with steak, beef will never be the same again! Once our Original Chimichurri really took off, we had many stores asking for a hot variety, so we created a spicier version which is now as popular as the original. A similar base flavour as our Original Chimichurri but with a much punchier chilli kick, pan fry it with some king prawns for an instant prawns pil-pil…YUM!

Don Gaucho Dulce de Leche:
It’s hard to describe just how ridiculously delicious this is. Try to imagine the creamiest toffee or caramel you’ve ever tried (in a banoffee pie for example), times that by ten, then drape that thought with a velvety vanilla blanket and you’re almost there. Simple ingredients, awesome flavour, highly addictive and moreish. Keep away from children or it will disappear! Traditionally used as a spread on pancakes, but wonderful glooped onto ice cream, spread on biscuits, making banoffee pie without all the hassle, or (OK I admit it) eat it straight from the jar for an instant indulgent sweet treat.

Malbec Wine from San Juan:
Argentina’s most emblematic wine, mellow and fruity, smooth and warming. We wanted to offer the best accompaniment to our Chimichurri sauces to give the full flavour experience at any table. Favoured by connoisseurs globally, this limited edition award-winning Malbec is from the San Juan region from 2012, if red is your thing, you have to try this. In Spain we often serve it chilled too, something not so common in Britain, but a totally different experience flavour-wise.

NEW Don Gaucho Dry Rubs:
Our latest creation that we’ve managed to keep a secret to launch at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair…well, until I just posted it on here (shhh keep reading you haven’t noticed anything)….. Inspired by flavours from our Chimichurris, we wanted something we could use to dry marinade meats such as ribs, lamb and beef joints for example. You can also use it to replace your every-day salt and pepper, it easily turns any dull dish into something special… Even if you think you’re hopeless at cooking. Again we’ve created a mild Original version and a kicked up spicy version.

So, if you can make it to the event REGISTER NOW for free and avoid paying the £20 on-the-door fee, or if you can’t but you know someone that can, get them to register now and come and say hello! There’s so much to see at this amazing event, a massive 750 exhibitors in total including a separate Chocolate Fair…PLUS the Great Taste Awards are announcing their overall winners on the evening of the second night of SFFF with so many amazing winners so far contending…need I say more?

For further details please give me a shout, connect on Twitter or Facebook below, send me an email, or ideally come and try something new at our stand (Nº 3638). I’d love to hear from you. For more info on the Speciality & Fine Food Fair, visit their website here.

Dani Fagan
Our Exhibitor Page
Stand Nº: 3638
Email:
dani@don-gaucho.com
Twitter:
@iamdongaucho
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We can’t wait to meet you!   ¡¡Vamos carajo!!

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New Recipe – Huevos Gauchos (Gaucho Eggs)

If you thought our Chimichurri’s only came out to play for the grill or BBQ, think again! Our products are so versatile you can use them as a marinade, condiment, dipping sauce, or a base for pretty much any type of recipe you like. In this series of recipes I will show you many different ways to enjoy your Don Gaucho products.

In this recipe I used our Spicy Chimichurri to ramp up the flavour in a hot hangover cure breakfast. This is how we started our Sunday this week…a breakfast of champions and really healthy too. Check out how we made it: (serves two people)

INGREDIENTS

Don Gaucho Spicy Chimichurri
Half a red bell pepper
Half a yellow bell pepper
Half a green bell pepper
Half a white onion
6 button mushrooms
6 cherry tomatoes
4 eggs
Olive oil
Corriander
1 Avocado
Sliced wholemeal bread or flour tortillas
(Cup of tea optional!)

Don Gaucho Huevos Gauchos Recipe 1

HOW I MADE IT

Chop the onion, peppers and mushrooms into small pieces and fry for 5 mins on high heat in a generous glug of olive oil until softened and well combined. Chop the cherry tomatoes into quarters and add to the mix and fry for a further 3 to 4 mins until the mixture is equally softened and starting to look like more like a sauce…like the photo below. At this point, add two dessert spoons of Spicy Don Gaucho Chimichurri and stir well.

Don Gaucho Huevos Gauchos Recipe 2

Turn off the heat and fry 4 eggs in a (separate) warm pan in a glug of olive oil, the lower the heat the better, take your time so the eggs dont get too crispy underneath and wobbly ontop. In the meantime, roughly chop the avocado and toast the bread (or toast the tortillas in a clean dry frying pan), spread the avocado on the toast and top with your warm pepper mixture. When your eggs are ready, place them ontop of the pepper mixture and sprinkle chopped corriander ontop.

DEEEEELISSSSSH…Huevos Gauchos!! (Inspired by Huevos Rancheros from Mexico).

I fried my eggs too fast, so they could be prettier – BUT still tasted amazing!

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Who is Don Gaucho? An interview with Juan Grosso

As part of the promotion of the Feria Internacional de los Pueblos that Don Gaucho took part in over May-Day bank holiday weekend, Juan (Don Gaucho Parner & Commercial Director) was interviewed by our friends at the Argentinian caseta, and published the interview in their magazine.

As many of you will probably be unaware of our story, we thought we’d share that interview with you on our blog! Here goes…


We expect many of you reading this will have enjoyed the amazing Chimichurri sauce being served at the Argentinian caseta this year, we were intrigued to learn that this product is actually made right here in Málaga. To find out more, we caught up with Gaucho’s owner Juan Grosso originally from Mercedes, Argentina.

How did you end up in Malaga?

Like many Argentinian teenage lads, i was convinced i was going to be a professional football player, and I almost made it. When I was 18 I went for a trial with a team called Alianza Atletico in Sullana Peru, on the edge of the amazon rainforest however just before the trial started I contracted malaria from a mosquito and was bed bound for 3 weeks, so I missed my chance. So I decided to pack a backpack and head off to Spain with 3 of my best mates. I’m not quite sure how we ended up here, but I am glad we did. There are many opportunities here for people who are willing to work hard and have the courage to follow their ambitions.

Who or What is Don Gaucho?

Don Gaucho is a food production company that specialises in creation of Argentinian food products based on authentic Argentinian recipes, but then are developed to ensure the best flavor and most versatility. We want to hand make products that are not only delicious but also that stand out from the crowd. We also import wine directly from Bodegas in Argentina.

How did Don Gaucho start?

One of my English friends came to an Asado we were having and was blown away by this strange looking Chimichurri I had made, he said it tasted far better than he had ever tasted and that there was definitely a market for it. Fast forward several years and here we are. My friends think it’s strange that at English man was pivotal in the creation of an Argentinian food company.

Where did the recipe come from?

There are thousands of variations of Chimichurri containing many different ingredients, but our recipe has been passed to me by my brother and it has been in the family for years. We tweaked the recipe slightly and now my brother is asking for the new improved recipe but of course that’s now a strictly guarded secret!

Where did the name come from?

From the outset I knew that the name should make a reference to the old Gauchos of Argentina, so we spent weeks and weeks going round in circles. Shortly after that I was watching the Godfather movie, and thought this product needs to be a Don. So there you have it, Don Gaucho.

What is your ambition for Don Gaucho?

Our goal is to become the go-to condiment when BBQing worldwide. Everybody knows that Argentinians make the world’s best BBQ’s so it stands to reason that the best condiment for grilled meat should be Argentinian!

Any tips about Don Gaucho Products?

Don’t limit your use of our Chimichurri to only meat; we use it on everything! Eggs, pizzas, potatoes, fish, even salads.

Find us on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, reach me by email or call 951 198 032.

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Don Gaucho @ Feria Internacional de los Pueblos, Fuengirola

This year Don Gaucho is taking part in the Feria Internacional de los Pueblos!!

This annual event is a famous one on the southern coast of Spain, whereby representatives from countries all around the world gather to showcase their food, drink, music and culture. Held in the feria ground in Fuengirola, Malaga, it takes place over the course of 5 days, this year Wednesday 29th April – Sunday 3rd May , starting at midday and ending at around 4am. As well as the cultural celebrations there’s also a large fun fair and parade on the Saturday.

Its an absolute haven for foodies and if there’s one thing you’ll remember about the event if you’ve been before is the massive Argentinian BBQ – the highlight of the event so were ecstatic to be supporting the grill crew this year with our awesome Chimichurri sauces being served with all their grilled meats!

For those of you planning on heading down to check out the event come and find us at the Argentinian caseta, where we’ll be presenting our range of products to you all in person.

To celebrate being at the event and the launch of our new online shop, we’re also giving away a hamper of a selection of Don Gaucho products worth 100€ to a lucky competition winner! All you have to do is “Like” our Don Gaucho page on Facebook to be in with a chance of winning…

Come and say hello!

We’ll have freebies, tasters, competitions, discounts and more! So make sure you come and say hello and take a selfie with the Don Gaucho crew and join in on the fun over the weekend!

Check out the event page on Facebook.

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New Don Gaucho Photo Gallery

We recently enjoyed a photo shoot with a very talented photographer and friend Mimi Van Praagh, we LOVE how the photos came out – so we thought we’d share some of our favourite shots with you!

Take a look: