Argentinian chorizo

Argentinian chorizo is a fresh sausage and like other sausages made in Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru or Bolivia, it has its distinctive character. When sold on street corners or soccer stadiums they are served on a long French bread that in the USA will be called a subway sandwich. When served this way they go by the name of Choripan which is a combination of two words: Chori-zo (sausage) and pan (bread). The roll is cut lengthwise on one side and the sausage is placed on one of its halves. The second half is always covered with chimichurri which is Argentinian steak sauce. Sometimes the sausage is split lengthwise which is known as butterfly (mariposa) style.

In Uruguay it will be served with mayonaise and ketchup. South American sausages are often mixed with beef and being a fresh sausage they are cooked on a grill. South American chorizos contain more hot spices and are often seasoned with nutmeg, fennel and cloves. Another differenceis that South American chorizos are made with wine or in the case of Mexican chorizo with vinegar which makes them much moister.

MeatsMetricUS
beef250 g0.55 lb.
lean pork500 g1.10 lb.
pork back fat, bacon or fat trimmings250 g0.55 lb.

Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat

salt18 g3 tsp.
pepper3.0 g1½ tsp.
paprika or sweet pimentón10.0 g5 tsp.
garlic7.0 g2 cloves
red wine125 ml½ cup

Instructions

  1. Grind meat through large plate (1/2”, 12 mm).
  2. Smash garlic cloves and mix with a little amount of wine.
  3. Mix meat, garlic, salt and all ingredients together.
  4. Stuff into hog casings, 32-36 mm and form 6” (15 cm) links.
  5. Keep in a refrigerator.
  6. Cook before serving.

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