Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pan-Fried Chorizo with Caramelized Onions over Mashed Potatoes

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Caramelized Onions

Remember when I told you that I would reveal what I did with those caramelized onions I made a couple of weeks ago? Well, the time is now! I created a dish that can really only be classified as comfort food -- Pan-Fried Chorizo with Caramelized Onions over Mashed Potatoes!

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Pan-Fried Chorizo with Caramelized Onions over Mashed Potatoes

When I think about it, the dish is a perfect culinary representation of my family. If you're a regular reader of Taste As You Go, then you already know that the caramelized onions represent my mother. Chorizo (chouri├žo) is something I grew up eating (and loving it!), as it's one of the main ingredients in the Portuguese dishes my father and my grandmother would make. Grandma would throw in some chouri├žo (pronounced "shu-REES" in her kitchen) in with the scrambled eggs at breakfast during my visits to my grandparents' house during the summer. Heaven!

With my parents and my grandmother covering two of the three main components of my dish, that just leaves the mashed potatoes. Hopefully, you can guess which member of my family is represented by the potatoes. (Hint: It's the person who writes this blog!) I absolutely love mashed potatoes and could probably eat them every day for the rest of my life if I could. The recipe here is really very simple and is a great way to use up any leftover mashed potatoes that you may have in the refrigerator. Whenever I make mashed potatoes, I make way more than one person could possibly consume at once so I'll have the leftovers to snack on.

Pan-Fried Chorizo with Caramelized Onions over Mashed Potatoes | Taste As You Go
Pan-Fried Chorizo with Caramelized Onions over Mashed Potatoes

Consider making this for dinner the next time you're faced with the third unwanted rainy day in a row. It'll make you feel better!


Pan-Fried Chorizo with Caramelized Onions over Mashed Potatoes

Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • Caramelized onions, reheated if necessary
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 links chorizo
  • Mashed potatoes (either made fresh or reheated leftovers)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. If you're not using leftover caramelized onions and need to make them from scratch, then start with those. Do the same if you're making the mashed potatoes from scratch. If you have already prepared caramelized onions and mashed potatoes, then proceed with the next step.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the chorizo for 10 minutes, rotating the links to ensure even browning. Once the the casing has started to crisp up, remove the links from the pan and pull the pan off the heat.

  3. Slice the links into 1/2-inch pieces. Return the slices to the pan and put the pan back on the heat. Cook the chorizo for 5 minutes. Turn the pieces over and cook another 5 minutes. Drain the chorizo on a plate lined with paper towels to remove some of the excess oil.

  4. Create a bed of mashed potatoes on each of two plates. Divide the chorizo into two portions and layer the pieces on top of the mashed potatoes. Top with warm caramelized onions and serve!


What's your idea of "comfort food"?

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