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 it....is there any reasonable Kosher replacement for pancetta?
I've generally used soy-based versions, usually the Yves brand of Mexican-style veggie chorizo: http://www.yvesveggie.com/products/de... ). 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.
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: http://wednesdaychef.typepad.com/the_...
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.