Chorizo should be considered a basic staple in our house. I always have a sausage or two in the fridge and several individually wrapped in the freezer.
I fry it up and mix it with peas, sweetcorn and rice for a quick and easy dinner for the boys. Crispy it and serve it with an omelette for breakfast, fry it off and glaze with sherry for a super simple tapas dish or add it to stir fried cabbage for a great side dish.
But possibly the quickest way I know to get rid of chorizo is to make these chorizo and prawn skewers. This recipe is based around an appetiser I found on the BBC Good Food website. The first time I made these I made a mistake, I was only cooking them for the boys. I cut up some fruit, buttered some bread and made up 8 skewers. They vanished instantly. They didn't even make it to the table! My boys demolished them.
The next time I wanted to serve them as a appetiser for 4 people so I made 20. Five each, I thought that would be about right. Second mistake, 5 each didn't last long. I am sure I only got 4, someone had 6 skewers on their plate! I'm not pointing fingers
The problem is they are just so delicious!
I am planning to make these on New Years Eve, but I wanted to share the recipe in advance, so you too can see the New Year in with these yummy morsels. It was a great sacrifice to make a small batch up yesterday 😉 there were no complaints in our house that these were served at afternoon tea. Although I did have to become a kitchen security guard! The moment the smell of chorizo filled the house I had little fingers trying to steal bits away. This is why only 8 made it to the plate for photos, two pieces went missing! This meant I had two extra prawns so I disposed of them 😳
The recipe is hardly a recipe, it is so easy and quick that I feel I am cheating you. But I would be cheating you if I didn't share these. Try them for yourself but promise me you won't save them for a once a year treat. They really are too good.
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- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 1 tsp mayonaise
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- White pepper
- 1 chorizo sausage (the raw kind from the deli)
- 8 large raw prawns
- Chopped parsley
- pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- Mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice and a shake of white pepper. Cover and leave in the fridge until you serve the skewers.
- Slice the ends of the chorizo and then slice the sausage into thick disks.
- Place the chorizo slices into a cold frying pan. (add the ends too as a cooks perk 😉 )
- Turn on the heat and allow the sausages to cook, crispy and ooze out the delicious paprika spiked oil.
- Once the chorizo is crispy on each side, a matter of 2 minutes a side, remove it from the pan but keep the orange oil ready to fry the prawns.
- Cook the prawns for 2-3 minutes until cooked through and tinged with chorizo oil.
- Use mini skewers or cocktails sticks to secure a piece of chorizo to each prawn.
- Place on a serving platter, drizzle over an remaining oil, serve with a generous sprinkling of chopped parsley and the lemon dip.
- The cayenne pepper is optional and I don't always add it. Sometimes I sprinkle it over the dip.