Inspiration: Well, what’s a Mexican-inspired meal without some chorizo, right? We both adore Mexican chorizo. It’s salty, it’s spicy, it’s rich and fabulous. And seeing how brussels sprouts are such a lovely fall vegetable, it only seemed logical to throw this side dish onto our Mexican Thanksgiving plates. I know that I’m thankful for chorizo, after all :)
What We Loved: One of my favorite parts about this dish was actually the little bits of onion that turned nice and orange from cooking in the fat from the chorizo. Delicious. And as for the main stars of the dish, the brussels sprouts were nice and tender with a light browned flavor, and the chorizo was a perfect, spicy complement. One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s so simple, and that simplicity really allows the main ingredients to really shine. There’s the fresh vegetable flavor of the brussels sprouts, and there’s the much richer and bolder flavor of the chorizo, and the two make a perfect pair.
Tips: Make sure to get the pan nice and hot before adding the brussels sprouts in to brown. My pan wasn’t quite hot enough, so my brussels sprouts didn’t brown as quickly as I needed them to. I ended up taking them off before they were as brown as I wanted them to be, since I didn’t want the rest of my meal getting cold. So I would recommend having the pan nice and hot so that they brown quickly and easily.
Brussels Sprouts with Mexican Chorizo
Source: Adapted from Saveur
1 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
8 oz Mexican chorizo sausage (about two links)
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt and black pepper
1. Place the brussels sprouts in a sauce pan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and cook until just tender, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer the brussels sprouts to a bowl of ice water, let sit for five minutes, and then drain.
2. Remove the casing from the chorizo, and crumble the chorizo into a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions. Saute until the chorizo is cooked through and the onions are softened and beginning to brown. Add the garlic, and stir to combine. Transfer the chorizo mixture to a bowl.
3. Increase the heat to high. Add the brussels sprouts cut side down into the fat that’s left in the pan from the chorizo, and cook until the brussel sprouts are browned and tender, about 5 minutes.
4. Mix the brussels sprouts into the bowl with the chorizo mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
This looks fabulous! Hope to make it soon.
Thanks, Elly! If you try it out, I hope that you like it.
Wow! I think this is one of the more unique brussels sprout recipes I’ve seen recently! Definitely bookmarking this on my to-make list.
Thanks, Alex! Hope you give it a try and enjoy it!
my husband and i are loving chorizo anything lately so i can’t wait to give this a try sometime!
Chorizo is easy to love, isn’t it? :)
I don’t know if I could think of any situation where chorizo wouldn’t make EVERYTHING better! However, the chorizo/brussels combo just sounds outstanding!
I know, right? Chorizo is amazing.
What a fabulous side dish! I’m always looking for ways to dress up the ol’ brussels sprout – this looks delicious!
Thank you, Renee!
Hey Carrie, I finally made a version of this recipe and posted it with a link back to your blog! Thanks for the inspiration! http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2012/01/caramelized-brussels-sprouts-chorizo.html
So glad that you tried something similar and liked it, Mellissa!
Just made this for breakfast and it really hit the spot! On a random side note, my husband ate some dried cherries right after he finished his bowl and said they would probably taste good together so I threw some into my bowl and they were quite tasty together!
So glad that you liked it! And I love that idea of adding dried cherries….it sounds like an absolutely awesome addition. Thanks for the idea!
Loved it Carrie!I added more garlic cause… well… you know… kinda addicted to it.
Oh good, so glad that you liked it, Clint! I usually go overboard with the garlic…..Brandon’s always reminding me to tone it down.
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