Why It Works
- Cooking the chorizo and aromatics in the oil infuses it with their flavors.
- Straining the oil before roasting the Brussels sprouts ensures that the chorizo and aromatics don't burn (they'll be added back at the end).
- Sherry vinegar and honey balance out the spice of the sausage and paprika.
Brussels sprouts and cured pork are perfect partners. This time, the sprouts are paired with smoky Spanish chorizo, along with plenty of garlic, olive oil, and a splash of sherry vinegar to balance it all out.
- 8 ounces (225g) Spanish-style dry-cured chorizo, diced
- 3 tablespoons (45ml) extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 medium shallots, thinly sliced (about 6 ounces; 160g)
- 4 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced (about 1 ounce; 30g)
- 2 teaspoons (8g) smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 pounds (750g) Brussels sprouts, split in half and trimmed
- Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) honey
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Combine chorizo and olive oil in a medium skillet and heat over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until chorizo is crisped in spots, about 5 minutes. Add shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, until pale golden brown. Add paprika and continue to cook, stirring, until garlic and shallots are browned. (The shallots may lightly char in spots; this is fine.)
Strain mixture into a large bowl and reserve solids. Add Brussels sprouts to bowl and toss to coat. Season with salt and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, arranging sprouts in a single layer, cut side down.
Transfer to oven and roast until charred and tender, about 20 minutes.
Return to large bowl and add reserved chorizo/garlic mixture. Add sherry vinegar and honey. Toss to combine and serve.
Rimmed baking sheet
It's important to use a raw, cured Spanish-style chorizo, like Palacios. Do not use Mexican (fresh) chorizo or any precooked chorizo for this recipe.