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Dec 20, 2010 02:54 PM

Chorizo...any Kosher substitute?

I am looking at a Spanish recipe that looks delicious. It's called Cocido and contains chickpeas, cabbage, carrots, chicken, meatballs, and many other good things. Unfortunately, a key ingredient is chorizo...the Spanish pork sausage. I have seen Kosher sausages including merguez, andouille, Italian style, etc., but have never seen Kosher chorizo. Is there any reasonable Kosher sausage replacement?

While we're at there any reasonable Kosher replacement for pancetta?

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    cant vouch for either of them personally (or park east kosher) but they are two options that come to mind.

    Cant help you with pancetta. Sorry.

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    1. re: marissaj

      I can vouch for Jacks Chorizo. I triedit at Kosherfest and it is fantastic. Still looking to find it in NJ.

      1. re: mhko

        I've also tried all the Jack's varieties. All are good.

        1. re: mhko

          Glatt Express in Teaneck carries all of the varities...

      2. I've generally used soy-based versions, usually the Yves brand of Mexican-style veggie chorizo: ). I've never had things made with real chorizo, so I certainly don't know what I'm missing, but the things I've made with it have been good.

        Smoky Joe's in Teaneck has a beef-based chorizo on their menu, but I haven't tried it. If you're in the area, perhaps you could pick up some.

        1. I don't know of any kosher Spanish style chorizo currently being made. Mexican style chorizo is somewhat different though the name is the same. Andouille is similar consistency though the flavor profile is quite different. Wikipedia is not the best source, but look at the Chorizo entry for a discussion of the topic.

          The key to spanish chorizo is that they use smoked paprika in the sausage.

          When I make pallela for my family at home which I do without any meat (I use tomatos and green peas), I use smoked paprika both for color and flavor.

          This is the recipe from Mark Bittman complete with great pictures:

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          1. re: Marcharlan

            The main difference between Mexican and Spanish chorizo is that Mexican chorizo is fresh and Spanish is dried. Big difference in texture (think ground beef vs. dried salami). Depending on your dish the substitution may or may not matter.

            1. re: Marcharlan

              Marcharlan and Rock Cat are correct, Spanish chorizo is a hard dried sausage that is flavored with paprika.

              If one was to make chorizo and eggs with spanish chorizo the eggs would be colored red from the paprika, If thi does not happen then the chorizo is most likey based on a mexican sausage.

            2. Jeff's Gourmet Sausages makes a chorizo.

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              1. re: ganeden

       makes a mexican chorizo -

       makes a chorizo seitan that is under CRC supervision that is excllent -

                1. re: weinstein5

                  All the Jack's sausages are hot-dogs with different seasonings for each flavor. They are an emulsified sausage - frying and crumbling them into a dish isn't possible.


                  1. re: psycomp

                    Hence the recommendation. The original post was a request for a substitute for Spanish chorizo which is decidedly more sausage-like and for which the Jack's would likely be a good alternative. The Mexican one is the crumbly one which is better approximated by the soy versions.

              2. OC Kosher has kosher chorizo

                As for a pancetta substitute, I remember someone telling me they used Meal Mart turkey fry. I have not tried it, but perhaps some other CHs have.