Monday, September 20, 2010

Chorizo and Eggs

A quick and easy weekend breakfast favorite of mine is soft tacos, filled with scrambled eggs and spicy chorizo sausage. This popular sausage has origins from the Iberian Peninsula in Spain, but can be found in the Americas and Europe and Southeast Asia as well. It's made from coarsely chopped pork and there are fresh and cured varieties. The sausage has a distinctive deep red color and smoky flavor due to the smoked Spanish paprika seasoning. There are a few different varieties such as Spanish, Portuguese and Mexican.
I like using the Spanish chorizo best in my Paellas because of its firmer texture and it can be diced into bite size pieces. I like using the Mexican variety for the popular Mexican breakfast Chorizo con huevos.  This chorizo is ground fine and packed in plastic tubes resembling sausage links, and it is fried in a pan with eggs scrambled in it. I serve this mixture in a hot flour tortilla with sliced avocado and hot sauce. Beans are often served along side.

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