Author Notes: This is a dear to my heart dish. I moved to Madrid alone (and not so great at Spanish) for a few months after finishing school with some time to spare, and my twin sister came along with me for the first week, her spring break from grad school. Eating and drinking out on the plazas and in the soccer bars is how I met people who'd be my friends for the next months, and one of our favorite tapas was chorizo borracho, cured sausage braised and glazed in red wine. In Madrid it is often Salchicha sausage, served at a bar where they count the toothpicks on your appetizer plate to see how many links you've eaten and calculate your tab. I've been lucky enough to encounter a similar dish in Puerto Rico on a vacation with my husband, and on my honeymoon in Lisbon - all around the world, sausage and wine is a good thing :) Serve as a simple but indulgent dinner with a green salad, or as a tapas spread with Mancheco or Iberico cheese with quince paste, and a big pitcher of Sangria. Enjoy! —Emily | Cinnamon&Citrus
Serves: 4 (or more for appetizer option)
pound cured Chorizo (Spanish salchicha, or Portuguese linguisa or salpicao are other delicious options - just NOT the fresh Mexican style chorizo which is not precooked)
cloves garlic, thinly sliced
leaves from one large sprig rosemary, finely chopped
cup spicy red wine (such as Rioja, Garnacha, or Tempranillo)
- Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large Dutch oven with a lid (big enough so that your sausage can cook in a single layer) over medium heat. Slice the links of chorizo into 1/2 - 3/4 inch rounds on the diagonal and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until just starting to brown and render some fat and brown bits in the bottom of the pan.
- Add the sliced garlic and rosemary to the sausage and cook, stirring constantly, for about one minute.
- Add the red wine, stirring up the bottom of the pot to deglaze all the brown deliciousness. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low and braise the sausages in the wine for 10 minutes, flipping the rounds about halfway through so both sides really take on the red color.
- Remove the lid, raise the heat to medium high, and stir in the honey. Cook uncovered for another 4-5 minutes until the wine is reduced to a thin glaze (if you're using a large Dutch oven, this happens fast so keep an eye). Taste for salt and pepper - I'd recommend not adding any until you've checked, as a very flavorful chorizo or other cured sausage often has just the seasoning you need (this is probably the only dish I make that I do not salt and pepper). Enjoy!