One of my favorite base I keep in my fridge is Chorizo and Onion mixture.
Chorizo is packed with flavor, it’s so handy as a flavor booster for soups and vegetable dishes, especially Portuguese or Spanish inspired dishes. If you don’t like it spicy, feel free to substitute with other kinds of sausage. They now have “Turkey Chorizo” (or was it chicken?) at Whole Foods.
Do not use this for things like Bolognese sauce or Chili, it will be too “Chorizo-ey”.
Chorizo and Onion Mixture:
- Sauté 1 –2 cloves of garlic, 1 large onions (sliced), and 1 uncooked chorizo out of casing in EVOO until cooked.
Usages: soup, potato dishes, braised vegetables, egg dishes, lentils, stuffing, risotto, etc… Just like Sautéed Mirepoix Meat mixture. Also great with seafood, especially clams. Yum!
Unless you like it really spicy, you’d need only a little bit, so add a little less than you think you need – it’s always easier to add than subtract in kitchen math!
I will share a great “Restaurant-Inspired Recipe” using this mixture on my next post. So stay tuned… Or better yet, subscribe to “Secrets of a Kitchen Wizard” via Email or RSS from the link above the calendar!