6/13/2012

Shrimp and Spanish Chorizo Bites

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We have enjoyed this appetizer twice in the last couple of weeks and rather than saving it for a future Sunday dinner feature, I wanted to share it before this weekend when many of us will be gathering with family to honor the dads and/or grads in our life.

While this appetizer/tapas is very simple to put together, the flavors are anything but.  Smoky, savory, a little sweet...there really is a lot of taste to process once you take a bite.  Aside from the great flavor, there is the attractive quality of it being fun, delicious food on a stick.  Who doesn't like that?  Grab a stick with one hand, fill the other with a glass of white wine and you're good to go!  
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Shrimp and Spanish Chorizo Bites
makes about 30 bites

1/2 pound medium shrimp (about 30 shrimp), peeled and deveined if necessary
1 (7.9 ounce) package of Spanish chorizo, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon dry Sherry
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for the pan
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

In a medium bowl, combine the shrimp, garlic, oregano, vinegar, Sherry, and 1/4 cup of the olive oil; toss to coat.  Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Skewer one shrimp and one round of chorizo onto wooden toothpicks or skewers. Repeat with the remaining shrimp and chorizo.

Working in batches, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Place a few skewers into the pan and sear on both sides until the shrimp are cooked through and the chorizo is lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Transfer the skewers to a serving platter and garnish with the parsley.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Source: The Galley Gourmet

23 comments:

  1. These look delicious--and stylish too!

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  2. These were excellent! They were the perfect beginning to a beautiful dinner, mixed in with tons of family fun. Thanks.

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  3. Wow these look good - full of flavor - I'd love a about 20 right now!
    Mary x

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  4. oh, how yummy, what an awesome appetizer

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  5. AnonymousJune 19, 2012

    Is the chorizo that you use pre cooked, or smoked, or is it raw?

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  6. It is a cured smoked Spanish chorizo.

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  7. look really yummy , i will try this soon ;)

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  8. I was looking for more ways to use chorizo! Love this idea, going to try it.

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  9. I can't wait to try these - what a great recipe!

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  10. What are you using for skewers?

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    1. They are knotted bamboo skewers.

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  11. Dear Nicole,

    These look awesome! Cannot wait to try - love how the shrimp "hugs" the chorizo. :) In case your readers are wondering where to get authentic Spanish chorizo, sherry and olive oil from Spain - we've got these and more at www.latienda.com. Look forward to posting this idea on our Facebook page soon. Hope many new followers will come your way.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Laurie

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  12. Wonderfull, added to our Facebook profile https://www.facebook.com/CasaEnChilches.

    Thanks!

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  13. Could these be done in the oven? If so, what temp and how long? Thanks!

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    1. I have not tried it with this recipe.

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  14. I'm curious if there is any kind of sauce left in the pan after cooking this? I'm thinking of turning it into an entree served over rice, with a little saucy drizzle, if there is any.

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    1. No there is no sauce. Just a little chorizo fat and the oil.

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  15. I did it yesterday for a family party and it was a big hit. Excellent recipe!I would recommend a tsp of chili powder for extra hit.

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  16. How would you do these as a make ahead app for a party? Assemble and cook right before? or Cook and re-heat in oven? Look great, can't wait to make them!

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    1. I would assemble and cook them right before your guests arrive. They can be eaten warm or at room temperature.

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  17. Is the shrimp raw or cooked?

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