One way of guaranteeing that your food is served hot in Portugal is to order chouriço (sausage which is coloured and flavoured with red pepper) assado (spit-roasted) com aguardente (with spirit – as in alcohol, not ghosties).
Even if you’re not a fan of Portuguese sausages, you can easily be persuaded to share a chouriço assado. Not only is it fun to watch the flames licking around the sausage, but it means that the fat gets cooked and the flavour improves. I recommend you try it at least once if you’re visiting Portugal!
If you want to try this at home, you’ll need:
- As much chouriço as is necessary (although it’s already sliced in this photo, most people cook it whole)
- A disk to grill it in (if you haven’t got an authentic ceramic Portuguese dish, you can use any flame-proof dish and a rack)
- Aguardente (or cheap brandy if you can’t get Portuguese aguardente).
- A lighter or matches
- A long-handled fork in case you need to rescue or turn your chouriço
- A camera and admiring audience to make appropriate Ooooh!
Is your mouth watering? Now image to start with a chouriço, and then go to the sardines! Hummmm you really need some good whine to go with this!
We’ll give you some tips on this too!
Via Julie Dawn Fox | Photo: Sbs