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Get Your Sausage-Making on with Chorizo Bomb!

Chorizo is great on the grill!

Chorizo is great on the grill!

World Spice Merchant‘s new Chorizo Bomb spice blend  has been a favorite of our restaurant clients for years, so it was no surprise that it started flying off the shelves as soon as we started offering it to our retail family. This versatile blend can be used to make a Mexican-style chorizo, or even a North African –style merguez sausage — as links or patties. It pulls double, triple, and quadruple duty as a great grill seasoning, taco and fajita spice, or in simple beans and rice. A little smoky from the Pasilla Oaxacas, sweet smoked paprika, and Chipotle flakes, a little herbaceous from the generous dose of oregano, thyme, and marjoram, and a bit sweet from the Hungarian paprika — you’ll see, there’s a reason we call it the “bomb!”

So, how do you use it? We’re testing additional recipes right now, but in the meantime, here are easy patty-making recipes for both Mexican chorizo and North African mergeuz sausage. For additional inspiration, check out HuffpostTaste’s published list of the “The Best Recipes that Use Chorizo.”

P.S. If you decide to go all D.I.Y. homemade, here’s a great article explaining how to grind your own meat for patties as well as case up your sausage links: how to make your own sausage.

Mexican-style Chorizo Sausage

Ingredients

2 pounds ground pork or turkey
4 tablespoons Chorizo Bomb
1-1/2 teaspoons Alderwood Smoked Salt
6 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup water or beer

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, break apart your ground meat into manageable chunks.
  2. In a blender, combine the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Add the blended ingredients to the ground meat and mix by hand.
  4. When thoroughly mixed, you will want to check to see if it's seasoned to your taste. To do so, take a little bit of the chorizo, flatten it out, then cook it in a small frying pan over medium heat until it's completely cooked through. Taste it to see if it has enough salt or seasoning. If not, then add either more salt or more Chorizo Bomb.
  5. If you like the seasoning, then you can go ahead and cook the remaining chorizo mixture or store it. The raw mixture will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but also freezes well. You can portion it into patties for breakfast and/or for burgers, or just use it in recipes.
http://www.silkroaddiary.com/mexican-style-chorizonorth-african-merguez/
North African Merguez Sausage

Ingredients

2 pounds ground lamb or beef
1/3 cup chopped roasted red pepper
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
4 tablespoons Chorizo Bomb
1-1/2 teaspoons Alderwood Smoked Salt
6 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 cup red wine

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, break apart the ground meat into manageable pieces.
  2. In a blender, combine the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Add the blended ingredients to the ground meat and mix well. When thoroughly mixed, you will want to check to see if it's seasoned to your taste. To do so, take a little bit of the mergeuz, flatten it out, then cook it in a small frying pan over medium heat until it's completely cooked through. Taste it to see if it has enough salt or seasoning. If not, then add either more salt or more Chorizo Bomb.
  4. If you like the seasoning, then you can go ahead and cook the remaining merguez mixture or store it. This will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but also freezes well. You can portion it into patties for breakfast and/or for burgers, or just use it in recipes.
http://www.silkroaddiary.com/mexican-style-chorizonorth-african-merguez/

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Saffron Penne With Sausage and Arugula

Thanks to its’ luxurious ingredients, this pasta is fancy and decadent enough for special occasions, but is simple enough to be thrown together quickly. Rather than an elaborate sauce, the pasta is dressed with cream flavored by all of the dishes’ components. This makes for a rich-tasting effect that feels far lighter than a traditional cream sauce. It’s worth noting that this is one of the few recipes in which I advocate not toasting the pine nuts, because it is my experience that the toasted flavor doesn’t complement the saffron, and actually competes with it. You can, of course, use any shape of pasta, but I find that penne rigatè- the penne with the little ridges- holds the perfect amount of sauce. Each element in this pasta represents one of the tastes detectable by your palate, so the result is a beautifully balanced, crave-worthy dish.

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Saffron Penne With Sausage and Arugula

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Ingredients

1.5 pounds penne rigatè pasta
3 cups light cream
¾ teaspoon Saffron(about ¾ of a gram)
¾ cup dried currants
¾ cup pine nuts, untoasted
zest of 1 lemon
6 oz. fresh baby arugula
1# of medium-spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1-2 large shallot(s), medium diced
Salt and freshly ground Lampong black pepper to taste
Shaved parmesan to garnish

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta 'al dente,' according to the package instructions. Reserve one cup of the cooking liquid in case it is needed to "loosen" the sauce at the end. Drain the remainder, and set the cooked pasta aside.
  2. Pour about ¼ cup of boiling water over the saffron, to allow it to steep and release its flavor. Pour about ½ cup of boiling water over the currants to allow them to rehydrate. Set both aside.
  3. In a large skillet (one that will accommodate the entirety of the dish- a large, enameled cast-iron Dutch oven or brazier works wonderfully) heat one tablespoon of oil over medium heat, and cook the sausage, breaking up in to bite-sized pieces with a wooden spoon. When the sausage is nearly cooked through, add the shallot, cooking in the rendered fat from the sausage until softened, but not browned. Add the pine nuts and fennel seeds, and cook for one minute. Pour in cream, and reduce heat to low.
  4. Add in saffron- water, threads, and all. Drain the water from the currants, and add them to the cream mixture. Keep the sauce at the barest simmer for five to ten minutes, to allow all the flavors to meld. Taste, and add lemon zest, salt, and pepper to taste.
  5. Add cooked pasta, tossing to coat with the cream mixture. Cover, and allow the pasta to absorb some of the cream over very low heat for three to five minutes. Turn off the heat, and add in the arugula, allowing the heat from the cream and pasta to wilt it. If at this point the pasta appears dry, add in some of the reserved pasta cooking liquid, a tablespoon or two at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
  6. Garnish with shaved parmesan- the best you can afford- and serve with a hearty Tuscan bread.
http://www.silkroaddiary.com/saffron-penne-with-sausage-and-arugula/

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Link Lab’s Pizza Special

Link Lab's Pizza Special

Link Lab’s Pizza Special

I absolutely love to cook, but there are some days when I don’t want to make anything more complicated than a phone call for pizza. I recently had just such a night and was thrilled to discover that Pagliacci was running a special featuring Link Lab sausage. The shiitake and sage pork sausage on this pizza is fantastic; it works especially well paired with the fresh shiitake on the pizza. David, the owner and driving force behind Link Lab, has been a client of World Spice since they started grinding out sausage. I remember tip-toeing up to the door at David’s house, being careful not to wake his newborn, to drop spices off at his converted home-workshop. Now he has a beautiful, dedicated facility to keep up with the growing demand for Link Lab products. So, to David and everyone at Link Lab: Congratulations on having your fantastic sausage featured on a great pizza!  All of us here at World Spice can’t wait to taste what you come up with next.

If you miss February’s pizza special, be sure to check out Link Lab’s website for the most up-to-date information about where you can find their incredible sausage. If you’re in the mood for pizza, but were too late for the Link Lab special, be sure to try Pagliacci’s pie featuring Salumi products, another one of our favorite clients at World Spice.

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