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Sizzling Spanish Chorizo Recipe [Chorizo a la Sidra]

Autumn is the best time for apples. You can go to any store around your house and you will find very juicy red apples ready to be eaten. 

This means that all products derived from apples are also of great quality at this time of year, and that is where the star of our article comes in: cider.

Along with the chorizo, those two main ingredients come together in the Spanish chorizo recipe, which is one of the most popular in Andalusia these months.

Sizzling Spanish Chorizo Recipe [Chorizo a la Sidra]

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Continue reading this article to learn how you can make this chorizo recipe, along with some super helpful storage tips and how you can serve it.

Background of the Dish

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This Spanish Chorizo Recipe is basically chorizo in cider, but it has a long history that goes through different countries until it reaches the south of Spain.

In the first place, the first records of this recipe date back centuries, to the Roman Empire when it was served after victories.

Then it arrived in Asturias, where it became a dish with a very Spanish imprint. 

Over the years they arrived in Andalusia, where they were finally transformed into an easy tapas recipe that anyone can make in the comfort of their home.

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Things You’ll Need for Spanish Chorizo Recipe

To make this Spanish chorizo recipe you will only need two main ingredients: chorizo and cider. It is super easy, so you should give it a try. 

Feel free to make other Andalusian recipes such as Chestnut soup or Spanish Migas Recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1kg chorizo
  • 1 l (4 1/4 cups) natural apple cider (not carbonated)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 bay leaves

How to Make Spanish Chorizo Recipe – Step-by-Step Guide

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  1. To start with this Spanish chorizo recipe, peel and cut the garlic into slices. Cut the chorizo sausage into slices or squares.
  1. Put a pot on high heat and start heating it. After a couple of minutes put the chorizo, and cook it for 10 minutes or until it is softer. Remove the chorizo and set it aside for now.
  1. Sauté the garlic slices in that same pot with the remaining fat from the chorizo for a minute. Pour in the cider and add the bay leaves.
  1. Let the cider boil and once it reaches that point add the pieces of chorizo. Lower the heat to medium and cook the sausages for between 30 and 45 minutes.
  1. The cider will reduce, so it will form the perfect sauce. In case you want it thicker, you can add a few tablespoons of milk cream.
  1. The Spanish chorizo is ready, so you can serve it hot and enjoy it.

Substitution of Ingredients

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The best thing you can do if you are thinking of making changes to this recipe is to get inspired by other chorizo ​​recipe ideas, here we will leave you a couple so you can know what to do.

It is a recipe that has very few ingredients, so we recommend that you leave it as it is. In any case, we will give you some tips to change this chorizo ​​homemade recipe.

For example, you can replace the cider with meat or vegetable broth. In this case, we recommend that it be broth without salt since the chorizo ​​has a lot of fat and can end up being very salty.

If you want to go that route of making it without cider, we advise you to transform it into the best Spanish tapas.

Like other recipes with chorizo ​​sausage, to make them tapas you just have to cut a few slices of bread.

Lastly, you can look for a vegan version of chorizo ​​as a substitute. They are sold in some stores, or you can use regular vegan sausage. 

In that case, the best thing you can do is add other vegetables such as onions, carrots, and bell peppers.

Tips on Serving Spanish Chorizo Recipe

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This Spanish chorizo shines brighter than other chorizo sausage recipes because you can serve it in different ways. 

Not only is it a good lunch or dinner dish, but it can also work as a mid-afternoon snack if you prepare them as tapas.

Transforming this Spanish chorizo recipe into traditional tapas is very easy. You just have to cut a few slices of baguette-type bread or any bread you like, and you can serve the chorizo on top.

Remember that you can toast the bread in olive oil or skip that step for the tapas.

If you want an entirely Andalusian lunch or dinner, you can use these same pieces of chorizo to make Spanish chorizo soup or Spanish Chorizo Rice.

How to Store Spanish Chorizo Recipe

How to Store Spanish Chorizo Recipe

Something that makes this the best chorizo recipe is that you can make it one day and save it to eat another without any problem. 

After cooking the chorizo sausage, let it come to room temperature and store it.

You can keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days and then heat it in the microwave, oven or in a pot. If you choose to freeze it, then you will need to leave it in the fridge to thaw overnight.

In the freezer, it can last up to 30 days without any problem. In both cases, you must store it in a closed Tupperware or in a container covered with plastic wrap or a clean plastic bag.

Recipe Card: Spanish Chorizo Recipe

Yield: 4

Spanish Chorizo Recipe

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Autumn is the best time for apples. You can go to any store around your house and you will find very juicy red apples ready to be eaten. 

This means that all products derived from apples are also of great quality at this time of year, and that is where the star of our article comes in: cider.

Along with the chorizo, those two main ingredients come together in the Spanish chorizo recipe, which is one of the most popular in Andalusia these months.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1kg chorizo
  • 1 litre (4 1/4 cups) natural apple cider (not carbonated)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Peel and cut the garlic into slices. Cut the chorizo into slices or squares.
  2. Put a pot on high heat and start heating it. After a couple of minutes put the chorizo, and cook it for 10 minutes or until it is softer. Remove the chorizo and set it aside for now.
  3. Sauté the garlic slices in that same pot with the remaining fat from the chorizo for a minute. Pour in the cider and add the bay leaves.
  4. Let the cider boil and once it reaches that point add the pieces of chorizo. Lower the heat to medium and cook the sausages for between 30 and 45 minutes.
  5. The cider will reduce, so it will form the perfect sauce. In case you want it thicker, you can add a few tablespoons of milk cream.
  6. The dish is ready, so you can serve them hot and you will have some easy tapas to eat.

Notes

As well as other chorizo recipes, you can opt to cook these chorizo pieces for a longer amount of time if you want them to be softer.

You can also skip the garlic and the bay leaves, but if you want the authentic Andalusian flavour then you should have them in this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 286.44Total Fat 21.77gSaturated Fat 7.78gCholesterol 52.08mgSodium 1000.19mgCarbohydrates 6.78gSugar 5.69gProtein 13.49g

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