This is a carpincho.
I actually didn´t even know exactly what this animal looked like before googling it right now. It´s kind of cute!
The capybara (as its called in english) is essentially a large river hamster. Everyone explained it to me in spanish as a large river rat. I honestly felt relieved after googling this imgage just now to discover that the carpincho is much more hamster-ish than rat-ish, because in all honestly, rat-like imagery is not very appetizing when discussing pizza crust substitutions.
Wait, what´s that?
Pizza crust substitutions?
That´s right! Carpincho meat is also known to occasionally replace traditional flour-based pizza crust on some dinner tables. (Shout out to Belén and Ramón for being wonderful people!!!! I stayed at their house for two nights for the feria franca expo in Yapeyu. They are really fantastic. We bonded quite a bit.)
The best part about carpincho is that it is cholesterol free! The pizza is also really good with fresh dill on it. 🙂
And while I don´t think I will necessarily be making homemade pizzas in the states with carpincho crusts (since I have never seen capybara meat in grocery stores) I do think I might continue using dill. The dill was really really good.