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.
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.
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.
Hearty 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.