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Discussion in 'off topic' started by blossomchris, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    I think other than certain veg, spices etc our most used product is chorizo. We use it for main meals all the way to a leftovers hash etc.

    I have been buying it from Waitrose, but was wondering what others here have discovered.

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  2. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    Despite its ability to divide opinion amongst paella aficionados, I think a few small dice in a shellfish or squid sauce really lifts the whole dish.
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  3. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Not so.

    I had a "discussion" about chorizo with a very good Spanish friend, in particular about use in paella...…………..

    Bottom line - we English like the smoked paprika taste that it adds, because we have not discovered smoked Spanish paprika (available from many outlets). Paprika is sweet, NOT hot. If you find a chorizo with a hot kick, that kick probably comes from black pepper. Chorizo is red-orange due entirely to paprika.

    Chorizo itself adds nothing but a bit of pork to a dish. Buy some smoked paprika and you will see what I mean, and you can add to taste without adding the bulk of pork.

    You could also refer to - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paella-Alberto-Herraiz/dp/0714860824/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3485VPEQMNW2O&keywords=alberto+herraiz&qid=1575113325&s=books&sprefix=alberto+he,aps,343&sr=1-1
  4. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    I guess its because chorizo doesn't taste anything like red hot pepper powder.
  5. Spike

    Spike pfm Member

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  6. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    It's great stuff, I use it all the time. Just whatever's in the supermarket. Is the Waitrose stuff better than Aldi? I don't know and I wouldn't want to bet on it. I know which costs more.
  7. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Nah - good quality black pudding makes for better scallops. :)
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  8. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    Aldi do 'authentic' and 'spicy' so I'd imagine there's chilli in the latter.
    I confess I've never tried it alone as a sausage so I'll remedy that on a future breakfast.
  9. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Heat in actual chorizo is generally black pepper - you can often see very large fragments of peppercorn in it.
  10. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Yes, they are both good. Thin slices on buttered bread with pickled veg, very nice, or diced and fried then in a stew with various beans, pulses etc in one of the millions of variants of pork and beans popular in the Americas and Caribbean.
  11. Conan

    Conan Loop digger

    Paella is just one of many shellfish dishes.
    I make a Portuguese prawn and beans stew and the sauce base is olive oil onions, chorizo, garlic, white wine.
  12. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Youngest goes through tonnes of the stuff....find it handy to add in to veg meals to "meat them up".
  13. Spike

    Spike pfm Member

    I use both and also Lidl’s. All are very good. I buy the Waitrose chorizo when it is reduced. It’s got a little more spice and intensity.
  14. Spike

    Spike pfm Member

    not disagreeing at all. Just different.
  15. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  16. Cheese

    Cheese Bitter lover

    Waitrose may be ok but never buy a cheap one anywhere, that’s my opinion. Chorizo are like merguez in that their strong flavours allow the butchers to throw in all sorts of leftovers. The last three of four chorizos I bought all landed in the bin, I’ve on the verge of giving them up. The worst I’ve ever seen was from Lidl but I suspect the Aldi ones to be not much better, if not to say that they may well come from the same factory.
  17. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    Unfortunately, that is true. You never do know what they put in sausage anyway.
  18. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    a line from The West Wing - never be present when sausage or policy are made.
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  19. Bananahead

    Bananahead pfm Member

    Isn't sausage supposed to be made from the leftovers?
  20. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    no in many cases things like salami, chorizo are made from good cuts, but are a means of preserving excess meat for leaner times

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