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Have You Tried: Dried Chorizo

Everyday Food, October 2009

What It Is
Dried chorizo is an intensely seasoned, hard Spanish pork sausage (not to be confused with Mexican fresh chorizo). It's flavored with pimenton (smoked paprika), garlic, and salt and comes in sweet and spicy varieties.

How to Use It
Enjoy thin slices right out of the package, with crusty bread and mustard, or lightly fry it for tapas. Use it to enhance soups, stews, or rice dishes such as paella.

Buying and Storing
Dried chorizo can be found with other specialty cured meats in larger supermarkets, or you can order it online at despanabrandfoods.com. Whole chorizo can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, while sliced can be kept, well wrapped, for up to 1 week.

Recipes
Chorizo and Potatoes with Roasted Peppers and Egg
Seafood and Chicken Paella
Pan-Fried Chorizo with Sherry Vinegar

Quick Ideas for Dried Chorizo

  • Finely chop and stir into scrambled eggs.
  • Dice and cook until crisp. Add to soups or salads.
  • Thinly slice and serve with other cured meats or cheese.
  • Saute sliced chorizo with kale or Swiss chard.