Saturday, 15 November 2014 - , , , , , 2 comments

SMASH & GRAB : Quick Quorn Chorizo 'Breadcrumbs'

I absolutely love chorizo!
It's a wonderful way to flavour certain dishes but it has a very high fat content so I use it sparingly.
Having two vegetarians in my household, I tend not to buy it for I was really excited to see this new product on sale from Quorn this week that we could all enjoy.

They have developed a meat free Chorizo. I've only seen this on sale in Asda but it has the same flavour and texture as their other Chorizo-style products-
Chorizo sausages
(On sale in Sainsburys)
Chorizo slices
(more readily available)

This vegetarian version has a lower fat content than standard chorizo and a really great flavour.

It's 3pp/107kcal for a 50g portion or 8pp/321kcal for the whole sausage.

This is a large 150g sausage that you could cook in a variety of styles in dishes.
You could cut it into chunky slices and fry for a few minutes, slice thinly and add as a pizza topping, dice and fry with onions as a base for a bolognese or chilli sauce for added flavour...or you could make my chorizo 'breadcrumbs'!


YOU WILL NEED : (Serves 1 at 4pp/150kcal, 2 small portions at 2pp/75kcal each or 4 sprinkly portions at 1pp/38kcal each)

150g Quorn meat free Chorizo

1 teaspoon olive oil

(NOTE: You can make these 'breadcrumbs' with 50g regular chorizo too, just leave out the olive oil then it's still 4pp or 225kcal for the whole amount)

 For optimal yumminess;

1 small clove garlic
pinch chilli powder


Break the sausage up roughly and pop into a food processor. I have a great little tiny one which is perfect for this job. If you want to make it more garlic or chilli flavoured, add at this stage.

Pulse-blitz for a few seconds until you have 'breadcrumbs'

Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan then tip in the Chorizo 'breadcrumbs'.
Cook for 4 minutes on a medium/high heat until lovely and crispy. Stir frequently.

Weigh into your required portion sizes, then pop into small serving dishes or add to your chosen dish.



Try adding quarter of the finished mixture to 30g Total yoghurt (0% or 2% fat) for a 1pp/aprox.50kcal topping for a jacket potato.


Sprinkle onto thick parsnip or butternut squash soup as an alternative to croutons.


Use to top salads or celeriac mash.


Fry with onion and garlic as a base for Bolognese or chilli con carne.


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Rachel 15 November 2014 at 22:32

Ooh I didn't know about this product. I love chorizo but not the high fat and point content, so great to know about this alternative. I also love the idea about using it to top soups. Know what I'm having on my soup for work this week!

Rachel x
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Janey 17 November 2014 at 08:23

Thanks Rachel! Let me know what you think when you've tried it! Xx

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