Wednesday 22 January 2014

Unearthed Smoked Cooking Chorizo review & recipe

Unearthed recently sent us through some of their Alfresco Smoked Cooking Chorizo to try out. I often use chorizo, sometimes to liven up pasta and rice dishes or just chopped into slices and nibbled with pre-dinner drinks, but this was the first time that I'd used cooking chorizo.

The chorizo have a lovely uneven, lumpy look that makes them look much more authentic and appealing than totally regular, uniform, mass-produced sausages. The chorizo is just one of forty-eight new and improved products that Unearthed added to their range before Christmas, available exclusively from Waitrose and Ocado, including such products as Chorizo and King Prawn Pinchos and Galician Mussels. You've seen how much I've been enjoying globe-cooking my way around the world, trying out exotic recipes with my Kitchen Nomad boxes, and Unearthed offer a much less complicated option, doing all the hard work for you!

The packaging suggests putting the cooking chorizo on a barbecue which is something I'd definitely love to try out in the summer. As it's definitely not barbecue season at the moment, I fried them up instead and they came out like this - less red and a softer texture than my regular chorizo but they have a wonderful slightly smoky and perfectly spiced flavour. They offer subtle chilli heat without being overpowering or overly hot.

I'll show you what I made with our chorizo in a moment, but in the meantime, here's another recipe idea for the perfect winter warmer from Unearthed.

Portuguese Chicken & Chorizo Casserole

ingredients :

200g unearthed smoked cooking chorizo
200g chicken
2 red onions
1 litre chicken stock
Half a savoy cabbage, shredded
2 large tins of chickpeas, drained
1 lemon, juiced


Heat a dash of olive oil in large saucepan
Add the chicken, sliced onions and diced chorizo
Cook gently until soft, for about 10 minutes, then season well
Pour in the stock, then bring to the boil
Add the cabbage and chickpeas and simmer for 4-5 minutes until the cabbage is cooked
Serve in bowls with a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil


Despite the Portuguese-themed recipe, the chorizo actually comes from Spain. The incredibly short ingredients list contains just four  things - Pork, Paprika (2.5%), Salt, Garlic. Can't get better than that ! The pack contains 200g of chorizo (4 x 50g) and 100g provides 299 calories, 16.5g of protein and 22.5g of fat, of which 9.44g saturates. I was actually expecting a lot worse !

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £3.29 but there is currently a mix a match promotion across the whole range so you can buy any 2 for £5

Disclosure : I received the product in order to write an honest review.

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