Provoleta Recipe (Melted Argentinian Cheese)

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This provoleta recipe is a delicious and easy side dish to make while waiting for your main meal. Traditionally provoleta is enjoyed as an Argentinian appetizer, eaten with crusty bread while awaiting a large meal. 

Provoleta Recipe

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Provoleta Cheese Appetizer Ingredients

To make this mouthwatering appetizer you need three ingredients that are easily found in local grocery stores. You can get a thick slice of provolone at the deli counter. 

  • one 1″ thick slice of Italian provolone cheese
  • 3 Tbsp fresh oregano, small leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

You will also need a cast-iron skillet. We have this small cast iron skillet, you can find it online here: small skillet.

how to make melted Provoleta Argentinian dish

​Cooking Provoleta 

First, remove the small leaves from the stems of the oregano and lightly chop. Cooking with fresh herbs, when possible, will always offer the best results. You may use dried oregano if that is what you have on hand. Sprinkle half of the oregano and half of the pepper on the slice of cheese (both sides). 

season provolone cheese with red pepper flakes and oregano

Heat the cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until nice and hot. When the skillet is hot place the cheese into the small cast-iron pan. Due to the fat content of the melted cheese, you do not need olive oil to coat the skillet. 

cast iron skillet provolone cheese Provoleta Recipe

Cook the thick slice of provoleta until the bottom of the cheese melts and is lightly brown, about 2 minutes. You will see the browning along the side of the cheese. 

thick slice of provolone cheese with herbs in skillet

Carefully, flip the melted provolone cheese over with a spatula to cook the second side. Sprinkle the rest of the red pepper flakes, and oregano onto the top of the melted cheese. 

Argentinian appetizer Provoleta melted cheese with fresh herbs

Let the second side cook until melted as well, another 2 minutes. Then remove from the heat. 

how to make melted provolone Provoleta Recipe

Provoleta Recipe – Delicious Appetizer

This perfect appetizer is comparable to a lightly browned and herb-seasoned melted provolone cheese.

provoleta recipe herbed melted cheese

Somewhat of a cheese fondue in a hot skillet. 

what is provoleta cheese

How to Eat Provoleta

There is no strict rule for how to eat provoleta. You can keep it casual and enjoy it with some red wine, a group of friends, and a fork. 

how to eat provoleta cheese

Or grab a small serving plate. This provoleta recipe also pairs beautifully with fresh bread and chimichurri sauce. Cut a few baguette slices, make some of our homemade chimichurri sauce, and enjoy this delicious Argentinian dish. 

Provoleta Recipe with fresh bread
Provoleta Recipe (Melted Argentinian Cheese)

Provoleta Recipe (Melted Argentinian Cheese)

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Provoleta is an herbed melted cheese, traditionally enjoyed as an Argentinian appetizer, and eaten with slices of bread.


  • one 1" thick slice of Italian provolone cheese
  • 3 Tbsp fresh oregano, small leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Lightly chop the fresh oregano leaves.
  2. Sprinkle the provolone with half of the red pepper flakes and half of the oregano (both sides)
  3. Heat a small cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Place the slice of provolone into the hot skillet
  5. Cook for about 2 minutes until the bottom of the cheese is melted and slightly brown
  6. Carefully flip the cheese over to cook the second side
  7. Sprinkle the rest of the pepper flakes and oregano on top of the cheese.
  8. Remove from heat and enjoy.


a 1" thick slice of provolone can be found at the local deli counter

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