What to do with chorizo

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    Lily Barclay - Senior writer - bbcgoodfood.com

We have some beautiful chorizo recipes that will warm up the chilliest of autumn nights...

Spanish eggs with chorizo and peppers

Vibrant, smoky and packed full of spicy flavours, chorizo must leave regular sausages with a bit of an image complex. If you go for the cured variety you don't have to sizzle a chorizo sausage before tucking in. But if you do manage to resist devouring the lot at the kitchen counter, we have some beautiful recipes that will warm up the chilliest of autumn nights.

Potato, pepper and chorizo stew with fried eggsBeautiful brunch

Think two steps ahead of the standard breakfast fare with a hearty Spanish-style brunch, and you should be able to face up to the harshest of morning frosts. One word of warning though, once you've tried these, tea and toast will never taste the same again.

Spanish eggs with chorizo & peppers
Potato, pepper & chorizo stew with fried eggs

Patatas bravas with chorizoTempting tapas

Entertaining? Whip up a Spanish-style tapas feast and let friends help themselves. Vodka flamed chorizo should get the party started while pretty prawn & chorizo skewers will fly off the table - just don't forget a few jugs of sangria.

Patatas bravas with chorizo
Chorizo & chickpea stew

Chicken and chorizo jambalayaHearty and healthy

When it comes to colder evenings a bowl of salad simply no longer cuts it. But fear not, we've got plenty of satisfying, flavour-packed dishes that won't leave you feeling hungry. Pour yourself a ladleful of red lentil & chorizo soup or feed the family on a super-healthy Chicken & chorizo jambalaya.

 

Clam chorizo & white bean stew
Chorizo chicken with chilli wedges
White fish with spicy beans & chorizo

Spanish meatballs with clams chorizo and squidSeafood suppers

Chorizo is to seafood what Ant is to Dec, they simply bring out the best in each other. Steam fresh shellfish with sherry to bring out the sweetness then contrast with spicy Spanish sausage in this pot of Spanish meatballs with clams, chorizo & squid, or make a salad like no other with this squid, chickpea & chorizo recipe.

Easiest ever paella
Steamed clams in saffron & spring green broth

Potato, pepper and chorizo stew with fried eggsComfort food

Add a spicy kick to simple autumnal suppers for a warming, cosy midweek meal. Try a new spin on an all-time favourite with vibrant chorizo bean burgers, or a Mexican-style potato, pepper & chorizo stew topped with perfectly fried eggs.

Chorizo, potato & cheese omelette
Chicken & chorizo traybake
Chorizo & apple sausage rolls

Chicken liver & chorizo saladFast fix

Feel the need for speed? Chorizo is brilliant for adding a bit of punch to quick and simple dishes. Quick bean & chorizo chilli can be served with rice or generously piled on top of buttery jacket potatoes. Whereas chickpea chorizo & spinach stew makes the perfect healthy winter warmer with little effort or time.

Chorizo new potato & haddock one-pot
Chicken liver & chorizo salad
Chorizo and fried egg wraps

Rigatoni with spiced prawns and chorizoPerfect pasta

Make the classic after-work staple a whole lot more exciting; the subtle taste of sweet tomatoes works perfectly with the more intense chorizo flavour. From family-friendly chorizo & pepper lasagne to rigatoni with spiced prawns, tomatoes & chorizo.

Spaghetti with spanish flavours
Butternut & chorizo spaghetti
Frazzled chorizo & rocket linguine

Potage dubarry with crisp chorizoSuper soup

Soothe away the hardest of days with a wholesome soup and everything will feel ok again. Potage Dubarry with crisp chorizo and creamy cauliflower is smart enough to serve to friends, or kick back with a chorizo & chickpea soup for a casual and comforting sofa supper.

What's your favourite thing to do with chorizo? We'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

 

 

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