Making a tapas dish which includes sausages?
It’s time to decide between the two main spicy sausages common in Jerez de la Frontera – chorizo and salami.
Here’s your handy guide to getting the right taste for your meal:
What is chorizo?
A traditional chorizo is made with pork meat and pork fat and seasoned with pimentón, then stuffed into a natural gut.
In Jerez, much of the chorizo is created using port from Ibérico pigs which are typical of the region and the sausages are cured with smoke.
Is chorizo the same as salami?
Both are sausages made with cured meats stuffed in intestines, and both originally come from what we now know as Italy. Chorizo has its roots in Roman times, and salami is an Italian-inspired sausage.
Chorizo, however tends to be softer than salami and much spicier. Salami is cooked fully so it tends to be harder.
Are all salamis and chorizos made from pork meat?
There are other meats which can be used to create flavoursome chorizo and salami sausages.
This meat has a clean, natural taste, and it has a fine texture. It has become popular in recent years because of its comparatively low-fat content compared with other red meats. That leads to a lower calorie content too.
Venison has more protein than beef – in 100g, there are 26g of protein in venison compared with 20g in 100g of beef.
There is also less saturated fat, with 4g in 100g of venison and 6g in beef.
Venison has more iron, vitamin B6, niacin, and riboflavin.
It is more tender and succulent, and many people find it more full of flavour than beef.
This tends to be mixed with Ibérico pork when chorizo is made.
In 100g, there are 18.8g of protein and 19.8g of fat.
It is rich in B12 and niacin and it is a good source of zinc and monounsaturated fats.
Tapas dishes you could make from chorizo or salami
Salami and cheese tapas – take a small piece of bread, top with a piece of Manchego cheese and a rolled piece of salami. Hold together with a toothpick and serve.
Empanadas – Fill the Spanish pasties with a mixture of cured meats such as chorizo and salami.
Chorizo and cheese croquetas – deep-fried bites which are perfect for any tapas table.
Warm chickpea, chorizo, and pepper salad – perfect as a main course or side dish.
Sautéed chorizo with red wine – thick slices of the sausage in a coating of honey, red wine, and garlic.
Squid, chorizo, and chickpea salad – a great addition to a barbecue as well as a tapas table.
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