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  • Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet
  • Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet
  • Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet
  • Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet
  • Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet
  • Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet
  • Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet
  • Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet

Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet

Food | February 05, 2019 | Nik Manojlovich
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Need a solid recipe to serve your family or weekend guests? Our CHORIZO SHEPHERD PEPPER SKILLET is a delightful option.

Like so many of our posts at Weekend at the Cottage, this one was inspired by ingredients. I was at a favourite market when I noticed a brouhaha happening at one of my go-to butchers. Thankfully, I’m nosey – they were making their seriously amazing Spanish chorizo sausages, and I was just in time to buy some.

With sausage on my mind, and guests coming to the cottage for the weekend, I started thinking about what to make. That’s when I saw my second ingredient: red shepherd peppers (sometimes spelled shepard or sheppard). Like a thief in the night, I quickly scooped up a few more key ingredients, filled the cooler, packed up the car and booted it to the cottage.

The way I see it, when friends and family make the effort to head up to the cottage for the weekend, I show my love and appreciation by making their first dinner a memorable one. This recipe serves up some love, big time!

Here’s what I did to accomplish that:

Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet

INGREDIENTS

The ingredients for this recipe are easy to source. When used together, they create something really special. I’m very pleased with the way all these flavours mix and mingle in the skillet.

Extra props go to the pepper and sausage combo, but I also think the inclusion of fresh oregano and thyme, along with the feta, seal the deal. Fab!

Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet

ROASTED VEGETABLES

Yes, this recipe tastes amazing but it also gets full marks for looking especially appetizing too. Much of that is about roasting a group of vegetables that are later arranged on the top of this skillet dinner. It transforms easy chorizo casserole recipes into something that looks 100% tastier!

The roasted shepherd peppers, zucchini and tomatoes tossed with fresh herbs sure do shine in this application. I also like how they hold their colour, get a bit soft but also remain distinctly flavourful. Every bite tastes different.

Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet

CHORIZO SAUSAGE

I’ve always loved the unique, slightly spicy, almost smoky flavour of chorizo sausage – a flavour I bet comes from the Spanish paprika they use. Of course, the easiest way to enjoy chorizo sausages is to place them on a grill, but in this application we coax the meat from the casing before we begin.

If you ever wonder how to cook chorizo in a frying pan, here’s the lesson: sauté the loose meat in the skillet and break it up as it cooks. The sausage releases quite a bit of flavour that gets even more appetizing when we add a bit of chicken stock and puréed tomato later in the recipe.

Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet

SKILLET DINNER

TIMING TIP! Prepare the sauté portion of the recipe while the vegetables roast.

Serving this meal from the actual pan it cooks in could not be easier, but it also supports my goal to keep the meal fun and casual. Tossing everything before it goes into the skillet turns it into a chorizo pasta bake that I know everyone will enjoy.

Final thought on this awesome meal goes to service. I served it in the living room, from the coffee table when my weekend guests arrived. Serving a smaller portion size allows guests to feel more comfortable asking for second helpings, which they all did.

I also served this easy chorizo recipe with my ever-popular POGACICE. Dessert was equally easy CHOCOLATE CHIP and PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES. Trust me, this entire idea really works and makes people happy.

CHORIZO SHEPHERD PEPPER SKILLET is a no-fuss dinner idea sure to have you and your guests coming back for more.

Chorizo Shepherd Pepper Skillet

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Ingredients & Amounts

  • For the roasted vegetables:
  • 1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise, sliced
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 shepherd peppers, halved lengthwise, seeded
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • a sprinkle of kosher salt
  • For the skillet:
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ sweet white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 6 fresh chorizo sausages, casings removed
  • 1 teaspoon of chili flakes
  • 1 cup of orzo pasta, cooked
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen peas, blanched
  • ½ cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup of chicken or beef stock
  • 1 cup of puréed tomato
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pasta and peas: Cook the orzo and fresh peas and reserve.
  2. Roast the vegetables: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Scatter the peppers, tomatoes and zucchini on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with oil then sprinkle with oregano and thyme. Sprinkle with salt, transfer to oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  3. Prepare the sauté: Place a large frying pan or cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Add the oil, onion and garlic and sauté until softened.
  4. Add the chorizo sausage meat, stirring to break it up as it cooks in the pan. Add the chili flakes and stir everything together.
  5. Assemble: Transfer the sauté into a medium-sized bowl. Add the cooked orzo, peas and feta. Add the stock and tomato purée and stir everything together. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt.
  6. Transfer the sauté mixture back into the frying pan or cast iron skillet tamping it down gently. Arrange the shepherd peppers on top of the mixture with the smaller points pointing into the centre of the skillet. Top with the remaining roasted vegetables.
  7. Bake: Transfer the skillet into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot.

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