Golden brown chorizo bites in a sweet and spicy sauce. Fast to make and packs a serious flavour punch! Great party food for making ahead because they reheat so well.
Today is the day after Thanksgiving and America is in a food coma. Can you imagine how many millions of pounds of turkey was consumed yesterday? A number I can’t comprehend!
Though many Americans may be considering a) how to burn off Thanksgiving excess calories b) what to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers, those of us in the rest of the world are already focussed on another important matter:
How to be the most popular person at any gathering for the upcoming holiday seasons.
Easy answer: take food.
Crowd pleasing food.
Like- Chorizo Bites in a Sweet & Spicy Sauce. 😉
I really feel like Chorizo is one of the most underused secret ingredients around. Sausage – been there, done that. Chorizo has more flavour and better colour. Throw it on a baking tray with some veggies and bake it – bang, instant dinner that’s practically self saucing. Throw it into frittatas, salads, soups. Chorizo is like the Other Bacon – it just makes everything better.
Chorizo is probably not the first ingredient you think of when you’re planning party food, but I’d urge you to keep it front of mind. A little goes a long way, and it requires little prep. Even if you just sliced it up and cooked it, like I do when I make my Easy Spanish Tapas spread, it is still a total and utter crowd pleaser.
For this version, I decided to up the ante a bit. Just to make extra sure that you’ll be the biggest food-hit at the party you take this to. So I created a sauce to go with the chorizo. It’s sweet and spicy and it’s SO GOOD your guests will be mopping up the sauce with bread long after the chorizo is gone.
This recipe is a recent creation. I’m increasing my arsenal of make ahead party food. Dips are tried and tested favorites, but sometimes I want to do something different. For me, a key factor in choosing party food – whether I’m hosting at my place or going somewhere – is whether it can be made ahead, how well it reheats and how well it transports.
This ticks all those boxes. Although best served warm, it is still really tasty at room temperature. It just takes a minute or two for reheating in the microwave, then doesn’t required any assembly, just pour it in a dish. It can be made a couple of days ahead, it’s fast to make and transports easily in a plastic container.
If you’ve invited me to a party this upcoming holiday season, I’ll probably be bringing these Chorizo Bites! 😉 – Nagi x
- 3/4 cup pineapple juice
- 2 tsp ketchup (or Australia/UK tomato sauce)
- 2 tsp+ hot sauce of choice (Franks etc, adj to taste)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar , packed
- 1 garlic clove , finely chopped or minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp cornflour / cornstarch
- 1 tbsp water or pineapple juice
- 4 (~600 g / 1.2 lb) chorizo (Note 1)
- 2 tsp oil
- Parsley , for garnish (optional)
- Toothpicks for serving
Cut Chorizo into 8mm / 1/3" thick slices on a slight angle
Mix together Sauce in a bowl.
Mix together Thickener in a small bowl.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add chorizo and cook until golden brown on both sides - around 3 minutes.
Add Sauce and simmer for 3 minutes.
Add Thickener and mix quickly, then simmer for 45 seconds to 1 minute until thickened - see video below recipe.
Transfer to serving bowl. Garnish with parsley if desired and serve with toothpicks.
1. Make sure you use RAW Chorizo which needs to be cooked before consumed, not cured chorizo which is like salami and can be eaten without cooking. Raw chorizo can be purchased over the counter at Woolworths and Coles (in Australia).
2. To make ahead, pour into a container and allow to cool. Then cover and refrigerate until required. Reheat in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
3. Nutrition per serving, assuming 10 servings.
It’s a fairly straight forward recipe but I thought it might be useful to see the thickness of the sauce. Plus, it looks so irresistible. Added bonus: very little sightings of my Baby Hands. I like.??
LIFE OF DOZER
This is what I saw when a 40kg / 80 lb dog launched himself at me. A split second after this, my butt was on the sand.
He got impatient with me taking photos instead of playing with him. How dare I! How dare HE!