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Three cheers for chorizo! Or should we say seven? Cooking With Caitlin has a chorizo meal idea for every day of the week. (Photo: Cara Hummel Photography)
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Burgers, quiche--even soup? There are so many ways to love chorizo; one for each day of the week, if you're crazy about this savory pork sausage.
Once an exotic ingredient to many Americans, this pork sausage is becoming the "it" ingredient for all kinds of recipes.
Chorizo, made by chopping or grinding the pork and blending in spice, has its culinary roots in Spain. Most chorizo in stores has been cured, but you can make fresh chorizo at home.
Become a WCPO Insider to find Caitin's 15-minute homemade chorizo recipe and seven ideas for incorporating into dishes you already love.
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CINCINNATI - Chorizo anyone? Once an exotic ingredient to many Americans, this pork sausage is becoming the "it" ingredient for all kinds of recipes. Chorizo, made by chopping or grinding the pork and blending in spice, has its culinary roots in Spain. Most chorizo in stores has been cured, but you can make fresh chorizo at home.
Once you master this 15-minute recipe, you can make chorizo work for many meals to come.
Measure all the ingredients into a bowl and mix them together with your hands for the best results. Pinch off a small hunk and cook it up to try. More heat, more salt, more garlic? Tweak the mixture to your taste and let the fun begin.
7 favorite ways to serve this simple recipe. One for each day of this week, perhaps?
1. Burgers. Divide into four equal patties and stack hot off the grill onto buttery dinner rolls or toasted buns. Smother in sautéed onions and peppers for a delicious burger.
2. Soup. Roll into thumb-sized balls and drop into boiling broth for soup on a weeknight. Stir in orzo and a couple handfuls of leafy spinach or kale, and finish with a generous squeeze of fresh citrus.
3. Tacos & burritos. Cook and crumble the chorizo into a new filling for tacos and burritos. Offer slow-cooked greens, smashed black beans, and fried eggs as other interesting additions.
4. Quiche. Stir crumbled chorizo into basic scrambled eggs, or make it the star of a homemade quiche by layering into a crust with queso fresco and charred green onions too.
5. Deviled eggs. Garnish a tray of good ol’ fashioned deviled eggs with a handful of crumbled chorizo, some chunky pico de gallo, and fresh cilantro.
6. Dip Melt Velveeta into a pan of cooked chorizo for an upgrade to the classic crowd-pleasing cheese dip.
And --drumroll here--we just can’t get enough of...
7. Chorizo meatballs!
(Photos by Cara Hummel Photography)
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