Wednesday, December 21

Tapas Night

I just started a new job at work that's leading to longer hours at the office, so I've been trying to spend less time in the kitchen on some nights. Already home later-than-usual and heading to an evening movie, I threw together a tapas-inspired bite to eat before we left the house. I used some gourmet cheeses, roasted nuts, and bread I had on hand and supplemented it with a quick salad and cooked chorizo dish (taken from this recipe). It was the perfect way to clear out my fridge and put together an effortlessly satisfying meal. This spread would also work well for a party, since it's easy for guests to help themselves to small bites of food.

Honey-Vinegar Glazed Chorizo:
  • Cut one large chorizo* into 1/2" thick slices.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1/2 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over high heat.
  • Add the chorizo and cook until brown and some of the fat has rendered (about 6-8 minutes).
  • Add in 2 cloves of minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Pour off all but 1 tbsp. oil in the pan, then stir in 4 tbsp. red wine vinegar and 1 tbsp. honey.
  • Let the vinegar mixture reduce and glaze the sausage for another 4-5 minutes.
  • Serve family style in the skillet or transfer to a platter.

Serves two - three
*Use cured or semi-cured chorizo only. Do not use fresh chorizo.