The Uruguayan appetizers and starters are traditional for most of the Latin countries, such as Argentina: they include pastry (dough) and fillings with meat and vegetables. One of the most traditional Uruguayan appetizers is represented by the stuffed zucchini, called in Spanish zapalitos rellenos. This recipe contains zucchini, olive oil, finely chopped onion, breadcrumbs (fresh ones), beaten eggs, fresh ground black pepper and for the topping: fresh breadcrumbs and melted butter. There are also some Argentinean recipes that are used as appetizers, such as the chimichurri, which is prepared with: olive oil, vinegar, salt, crushed garlic, minced parsley, cumin, paprika, chili powder, oregano, crushed bay leaves, bell pepper, onion and peeled and chopped tomatoes and the beef turnovers, with a dough made of flour, paprika, lard and a filling (olive oil, yellow onion, red bell pepper, chicken bouillon cube, ground cumin, beef shoulder, russet potato, raisins, scallions, eggs and Spanish olives.
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