Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spicy Chorizo Dip


So here is an embarrassing admission.  We have lived in Southern California since September of 2008 and we have only tried chorizo for the first time like a month ago.  That’s four years without tasting one of our region’s most delicious local delicacies.  It is pretty ridiculous.  So I finally got around to picking some up a few weeks ago, but for some reason, I pictured it being like a sausage in a casing, and that I would slice it then brown it with some garlic and red bell pepper and maybe serve with a fried egg and toast for breakfast.  Well, it wasn’t actually sliceable.  The mixture turned out to have a sort of runny consistency.  I basically just had to squeeze the mixture out of the packaging like it was toothpaste.  I was surprised by that, but I figured I would put that runny quality to good use and make it into…wait for it…a dip! How surprised are you? The crazy thing is that this dip is intensely delicious, like a spicy, meaty bruschetta.  Perfect with some sliced, toasted baguette or tortilla chips.

Ingredients
1 10 ounce package pork chorizo
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ leek, chopped
1 scallion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves removed
1 sprig fresh oregano, leaves chopped
1 ounce cream cheese
1 tablespoon Mexican crema, optional

Instructions
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.  Add the leek, scallion, jalapeno, garlic, and bell pepper.  Toss in the fresh herbs.  Let the vegetables and aromatics soften for about 3 minutes.  Add the chorizo and mix together.  Let everything cook together, about ten minutes.  Stir in cream cheese and the crema and keep over low heat until the cream cheese has melted into the mixture.  Serve with baguette, chips or whatever floats your boat.

27 comments:

  1. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I adore chorizo. And I just so happen to have all of the lovely ingredients for this dip. This Jen is happy today!

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  2. Your dip recipe looks delicious! I love chorizo and can't wait to try this recipe! I'm imagining my patio, this spicy dip on toasted baguettes and chilled pinot grigio . . . .

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  3. I've never tried chorizo either and I'm in SoCal, too. Guess I'd better get with the program :-)

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  4. We always have chorizo around, it lends itself to a variety of great southwestern foods. Your dip here does look like a great idea! I like that it has very little cheese in it-queso is getting tiresome. Thanks for sharing this.

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  5. I love Chorizo and can totally imagine the delicious taste of this dip!!Gorgeous!

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  6. Ive never cooked with chorizo sounds like an interesting experience but your dip looks fabulous, enough to make me want to try cooking with it!

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  7. I LOVE chorizo, but I'm never quite sure what to do with it when I actually buy some...now I do. So many dips, and never enough chips! :D

    This looks wonderful!

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  8. I love chorizo, and this looks wonderful. Also, I wanted to let you know that I gave you some awards. http://fromcalculustocupcakes.blogspot.com/2012/05/awards.html

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    1. Thank you so much! We are so honored!

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  9. I have never tried chorizo before, unable to find it here. Your dip looks very delicious! Yummy! I can imagine how good this must be over pasta too!

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  10. Don't worry I live in California (SF) and haven't had chorizo yet... I think I've probably ate it unconsciously (like it was in one of my favorite omelette or something..) but haven't ordered or cooked a dish with chorizo you know... This dip looks really good! It's a great recipe with chorizo I bet. Everyone above seems like they love it. I should get some for myself!

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  11. Holy yum! Your dip sounds incredibly delicious! Love the idea of chorizo dip, this would be a big hit in my house.

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  12. Great idea to make a dip! I've lived in Austin for many years, and there are still things I haven't tried. I don't how that's happened!

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  13. Girl, this dip looks amazing. You sure know the way to this girl's heart. I adore chorizo. Yummy!

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  14. Love the idea of making a dip. What a great way to enjoy chorizo. Delicious!

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  15. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Stop by my blog for the details :) Have a good day!

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    1. oh thank you so much! we are so honored!

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  16. Spicy and saucy! What a delicious dip!

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  17. This dip looks like the perfect flavour combo - awesome :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  18. Chorizo is insanely delicious! It is an awesome meat that can be compared to the American sausage but, more complex in flavor. No doubt the chorizo dip was delicious.

    Velva

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  19. This looks seriously tasty! Great post! :)

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  20. I love trader joes' soyrizo and i'm thinking it would be great in this also! So delicious!

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  21. I don't know where to start, this sounds soo good! All we need now is a bag of chips :)

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  22. Oh my goodness I so have to try this! I love chorizo and this sounds amazing :D

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  23. Another dip! Woo hoo. This looks great. I am jealous of your local chorizo.

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  24. Hi Jenn,
    Wow! My mouth is watering....I can't wait to make this dip! I am soo loving your recipes that I just nominated you & your blog for The One Lovely Blog Award! Stop by She Loves Simple for more information!
    Looking forward to getting to know you!

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    1. thank you so much Cathy! we are so excited :)

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