Instant Pot Paella with Chicken and Sausage

No need for a paella pan for this one-pot meal! The pressure cooker makes paella quick and easy. This rice dish is studded with tender chicken and slices of spicy sausage for lots of flavor. Continue reading “Instant Pot Paella with Chicken…

No need for a paella pan for this one-pot meal! The pressure cooker makes paella quick and easy. This rice dish is studded with tender chicken and slices of spicy sausage for lots of flavor.

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Vegan Chorizo & Potato Tacos

Mexican chorizo, seasoned with spices like cumin, dried chillies and clove, is very different to what we in the UK know as chorizo (i.e. Spanish chorizo) which is predominantly flavoured with smoked paprika.  These tacos are inspired by the Mexican dish of chorizo & potato tacos – I’ve used Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Sausages, crumbled up and pan fried until a bit crispy. This is then seasoned with a blend of spices to bring that Mexican chorizo flavour, whilst still being veggie.  The combo of the spicy, meaty chorizo with the crispy potatoes is an excellent match and is perfect wrapped up in a warmed tortilla with some lime and coriander. 

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two vegan chorizo potato tacos on a chopping board with corn tortillas, cilantro and limes

Mexican chorizo, seasoned with spices like cumin, dried chillies and clove, is very different to what we in the UK know as chorizo (i.e. Spanish chorizo) which is predominantly flavoured with smoked paprika. 

These tacos are inspired by the Mexican dish of chorizo & potato tacos – I’ve used Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Sausages, crumbled up and pan fried until a bit crispy. This is then seasoned with a blend of spices to bring that Mexican chorizo flavour, whilst still being veggie. 

a pan of vegan chorizo potato mixture on a board with a taco, cilantro and lime

The combo of the spicy, meaty chorizo with the crispy potatoes is an excellent match and is perfect wrapped up in a warmed tortilla with some lime and coriander. 

Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausage Chorizo and Potato Tacos

Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausage Chorizo and Potato Tacos

Yield: serves 3-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A spiced vegetarian sausage and crispy potato taco

Ingredients

Chorizo Spice blend:

  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 dried ancho chili (see notes for substitutes)
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

For the tacos:

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Sausages, defrosted
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp chorizo spice blend
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into ~3cm chunks
  • 1/2 white onion, roughly chopped
  • 6-8 small tortillas, warmed
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh coriander, finely chopped

Instructions

Make the spice blend first:

  1. Toast the cumin, coriander, cloves, peppercorns and chilli in a dry frying pan over a medium heat until fragrant. Blitz with the bay leaves until powdery (or grind with a pestle & mortar) and then mix with the remaining spices. Set aside.

Start on the taco filling:

  1. Place the diced potato into a medium pot and cover with water. Place over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Cook for around 6-8 minutes until tender but not too soft. Drain and let them sit in the sieve/colander for a few minutes to allow the potato cubes to dry out a bit. 
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan. Once hot, crumble in the defrosted Linda McCartney’s sausages and let cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it starts to brown. Add the garlic and 1 tbsp of spice blend and stir through for 2 minutes. Transfer this sausage mixture to a bowl and wipe out the pan. 
  3. Return the pan to a medium heat and add the remaining oil. Add the cooked potato cubes and cook, stirring every now and then, until they become crisp all over. At this point, add the diced onion and stir through. Cook until the onion starts to become translucent (around 5 minutes) then add in the cooked sausage mixture. Stir together.
  4. Serve the sausage/potato mixture in warmed tortillas with a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of coriander. 

Notes

  • *Ancho chili substitute: 2 tsp paprika + 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Make it Gluten-Free: serve with corn tortillas (ensure they're GF)

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Savory Chorizo & Manchego Dutch Baby

A typically sweet breakfast favorite gets a savory makeover: with salty chorizo and shredded manchego cheese, topped with a bright and lemony lettuces. Dutch babies are as fun to make as they are delicious to eat, puffing up in the oven to form mountainous folds of egg, flour and flavor. Whether you go sweet or […]

A typically sweet breakfast favorite gets a savory makeover: with salty chorizo and shredded manchego cheese, topped with a bright and lemony lettuces.

Dutch babies are as fun to make as they are delicious to eat, puffing up in the oven to form mountainous folds of egg, flour and flavor. Whether you go sweet or savory, they are bound to make an impression.

Savoru Dutch baby in a Lodge cast iron skillet on a dark gray background, with a pile of baby lettuces in the middle.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: German pancakes are one of my all-time favorite brunch recipes. I could easily polish off the entire thing by myself (though I usually resign myself to share with Taylor because I’m a good wife like that).

Normally I smother mine with powdered sugar and maple syrup. But, I got to thinking… what if we took it in a more savory direction?

Going savory isn’t hard to do with this versatile recipe: just remove the vanilla extract and replace it with whatever savory seasonings, mix-ins and toppings you desire.

We tried out a few flavor variations, including an everything bagel-inspired pancake topped with smoked salmon and creme friache. Tasty? Very. But this Spanish-inspired variation, with crispy bits of salty cured chorizo sausage and melty, crispy-around-the-edges Manchego cheese, ultimately won us over.

We topped our extra meaty and ultra cheesy creation with a pile of spicy baby greens, that, when tossed with a splash of olive oil and lemon juice, cuts the fatty richness of the cheese and sausage perfectly.

Hand lifting out a slice of a savory Dutch baby, showing the layers.

German pancake and Dutch baby are two names for the same thing, though one is usually made in a casserole dish and the other in a smaller skillet.

I’ve always called them German pancakes, which I attribute to some twisted telephone translation of Dutch baby (Dutch = Deutsch = German, or something along those lines.) Some attribute the origins of this to the German Pfannkuchen, which could be where it gets its name, though I can’t really see the resemblance beyond the egg and flour. As it turns out, this recipe is entirely an American invention, more similar to a super-sized popover or Yorkshire pudding than anything German or Dutch. Go figure.

Whatever you call it, there’s no denying these mountainous, super-sized pancakes are downright delicious.

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Pasta Bolognese

A while back I made Meatballs Subs because I had a craving. They’re not that difficult to make and when you make them at home, you can use better ingredients than the versions you get elsewhere. Fortunately, there’s good bread in France and no shortage of cheese. And meatballs aren’t much of a challenge to make either. (Interestingly, a few weeks after I posted that…

A while back I made Meatballs Subs because I had a craving. They’re not that difficult to make and when you make them at home, you can use better ingredients than the versions you get elsewhere. Fortunately, there’s good bread in France and no shortage of cheese. And meatballs aren’t much of a challenge to make either. (Interestingly, a few weeks after I posted that recipe, an American woman living in Paris came up to me and said, “I don’t know how you knew, but I was craving the exact same thing! So I made your recipe…”

There must be something about ground beef, because I recently found myself craving Pasta Bolognese; tubes of pasta tossed in a thickened tomato sauce made with ground meat, red wine, garlic, and enriched with tomato paste – Capisce? 

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We Are Making Pumpkin Queso Fundido! Oh Yes We Are.

Time to celebrate the first day of fall with pumpkin queso! I mean, let’s be real, I should say the OFFICIAL first day of fall. Because I’ve technically been celebrating the first day of fall in my secret brain since mid-August. I just can’t help it when it’s my favorite season. It can’t come soon […]

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Time to celebrate the first day of fall with pumpkin queso!

This pumpkin queso fundido is the perfect indulgence for fall. Warm pumpkin queso topped with chroizo, pepitas and jalapeños. It's delish!

I mean, let’s be real, I should say the OFFICIAL first day of fall. Because I’ve technically been celebrating the first day of fall in my secret brain since mid-August. I just can’t help it when it’s my favorite season. It can’t come soon enough and I never want it to end.

smooth creamy pumpkin queso

This means that now, I find it totally acceptable to share pumpkin recipes. I’m not super into sweet pumpkin things right now (though I do have one coming your way…), but savory pumpkin? I am ALL OVER IT.

homemade tortilla chips

If you own a copy of The Pretty Dish, then you may recognize this recipe. It’s a riff off of my butternut squash queso which may be one of the most popular recipes in the entire book. It is seriously incredible. You adore it, I adore it, we all adore it. 

I took that recipe and swapped a few things, adding pumpkin and turning it more into a queso fundido with chorizo. Since I’m not a huge sausage fan, it takes a lot for me to share a recipe with chorizo. Sometimes I make a dish with sausage for Eddie because he loves it, but other than that, I’m out.

This pumpkin queso fundido is the perfect indulgence for fall. Warm pumpkin queso topped with chroizo, pepitas and jalapeños. It's delish!

UNLESS.

Unless of course it’s queso fundido, because who can say no to that? And who can say no to a fall version, when fall makes you feel all cozy and warm and spiced and happy?! 

Yesterday I decided that I want to be like fall. I want to make people feel cozy and warm and spiced and happy. You know? Be the human version of fall to others. 

This pumpkin queso fundido is the perfect indulgence for fall. Warm pumpkin queso topped with chroizo, pepitas and jalapeños. It's delish!

Now let me tell you a secret.

This pumpkin queso? It’s even smoother and creamier than my butternut queso. I attribute that to the fact that I used canned pumpkin puree, which is silkier and smoother than my own roasted and blended pumpkin. When I make the butternut queso, I almost ALWAYS roast and puree my squash; it’s a bit thicker and even has a little texture to it sometimes. I don’t mind at all, ever. In fact, I love that it’s a little thicker because you can almost used it as a sauce of sorts on other recipes.

This pumpkin queso fundido is the perfect indulgence for fall. Warm pumpkin queso topped with chroizo, pepitas and jalapeños. It's delish!

However, after having this super creamy and smooth pumpkin version? OH MAN. Be still my beating autumn heart. This is addictive. 

P.S. I did scrape out the seeds inside of this little pie pumpkin to use as the serving bowl for the queso. That is totally up to you! It’s a fun presentation, but it’s not necessary for the recipe. Unless you use the insides to make your own puree.

This pumpkin queso fundido is the perfect indulgence for fall. Warm pumpkin queso topped with chroizo, pepitas and jalapeños. It's delish!

And do not fear: it’s very savory. It doesn’t taste like pumpkin bread or cake (I mean, I’m not a monster) and it tastes very much like a fall hug on a chip. 

Or on a potato.

Even on top of your scrambled eggs.

Or drizzled on your broccoli. 

Just sayin’.

This pumpkin queso fundido is the perfect indulgence for fall. Warm pumpkin queso topped with chroizo, pepitas and jalapeños. It's delish!

Pumpkin Queso Fundido

Pumpkin Queso Fundido

This pumpkin queso fundido is the perfect indulgence for fall. Warm pumpkin queso topped with chroizo, pepitas and jalapeños. It’s delish!

  • ½ pound chorizo sausage, (removed from casing if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, (seeded and diced)
  • ½ sweet onion, (diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups half and half, (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 16 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, (freshly grated)
  • 8 ounces monterey jack cheese, (freshly grated)
  • 2 tablespoons roasted, salted pepitas, ( for topping)
  • cilantro, (for topping)
  • jalapeno pepper sliced, (for topping)
  • cotija cheese, (for topping)
  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and add the chorizo. Using a wooden spoon to break it apart, cook until it is browned and in small crumbles, about 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the chorizo to a paper-towel lined plate to drain some of the excess grease.
  2. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil and butter. Stir in the peppers, onions and garlic. Season with the salt and pepper. Cook until the onion softens, about 5 to 6 minutes. Slowly stream in 1 cup of the half and half, whisking the entire time.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup half and half and cornstarch until no lumps remain to create a slurry. Stir the slurry into the saucepan and cook for a minute until the milk thickens. Reduce the heat to low.
  4. Stir in the grated cheese, one small handful at a time, until melted. Stir in the pumpkin until combined. Transfer the mixture to a crock, larger bowl or a small crockpot with the heat on low.
  5. Spoon the chorizo on top of the queso, along with the pepitas, cilantro, peppers and a sprinkling of cotija cheese. Serve immediately with chips!

This pumpkin queso fundido is the perfect indulgence for fall. Warm pumpkin queso topped with chroizo, pepitas and jalapeños. It's delish!

Cheese quota for the month? Met.

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