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Chorizo Grill Dish (Assa Chouriço)
The chorizo grill dish (assa chourico) is a fun way to grill chorizo at your dinner or party table and delight your dinner guests.
Score the chorizo at 1cm intervals then pour a small amount of alcohol such as grappa or Portuguese aguardente (distilled alcohol) over the chorizo and into the base of the chorizo grill dish. Approximately 10ml is about sufficient to enable the liquid to be lit with a match. Warm the chorizo griller in the over or hob to warm up the terracotta.
Remove the chorizo griller dish from the heat and ignite the liquid in the base of the dish. Once alight, the chorizo skin will start to cook and release an incredible aroma. Turn the chorizo over regularly with a set of tongs to ensure that all the chorizo skin has had sufficient time to cook the inside of the chorizo.
Once cooked, place the chorizo on a serving dish and allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve with bread, olives and your favourite beverage.
We recommend placing the chorizo grill on a heat resistant board when serving at the table.
Generally most types of chorizo are suitable for use with the Chorizo griller dish. We do recommend using mediterranean chorizos. In particular, the Portuguese chorizo is highly recommended as it generally has higher fat content which will cook better on the Chorizo grill dish plus it is also usually blended with paprika that can really add flavour and aroma to the dish. Portuguese chorizo is widely available. Do you have a favourite chorizo? We’d love to hear your comments and feedback on this subject. Feel free to leave us a comment.
The chorizo grill dish is dishwasher safe and oven proof. Grilled chorizo is a perfect petisco snack or appetiser.
The chorizo griller dish is an ideal house-warming gift for the ultimate foodie.
- Material: Terracotta clay
- Dishwasher safe
- Oven proof
- Made in Portugal
**Remember to only use 100% proof alcohol for the chorizo to successfully catch alight. We recommend Grappa or Portuguese Aguardente**
About the Artisans:
Cerâmica Edgar Picas (Chorizo grills)
Everyone is familiar with Spain’s chorizo, but Portugal has its own slightly spicy sausage called chouriço, which some might consider to be just as good (or even better!) than its Iberian neighbour. This sausage, ranging from bright red to deep red in color is one of the most common and versatile sausages in Portugal: not only is it used as a sandwich filler, it’s also used to give dishes flavour. Chouriço is used in everything from soups and fried croquettes, to stews and meat loaves.
And whilst Portuguese people have dozens of different ways of cooking chouriço, by far the most fun way is to use a chouriço grill, known as an assador in Portuguese. The assadores you see on Iberica’s website come from Cerâmica Edgar Picas, which was specifically chosen for its superior quality chouriço grills. This small, family-run pottery in northern Portugal takes pride in its handmade and hand-painted products. They believe – and Iberica shares this belief – that there is a wonderful charm in the uniqueness of each handmade item. No two assadores will be completely identical because of the human element. But how do you use an assador exactly, and why would you want to?
By far one of the simplest and most effective ways to make a great impression at a party is to cook chouriço in an assador in front of your guests. It’s easy: first, take the chouriço, and remove the packaging. You can simply pour some isopropyl alcohol to the bottom of the assador. Ideally, however, you should add some whisky or other spirit with high alcohol content to the isopropyl alcohol to add a touch of flavor to the meat. Make small incisions and lay it flat on the assador. Light the liquid at the bottom with a match and remove your hand quickly because the flames that come up are big and beautiful! We recommend dimming the lights for the show – your guests will be mesmerized by the dancing flames and crackling of the meat. You can turn the chouriço over once or twice, until it’s cooked to your liking (some charring on the outside is recommended). Cut into pieces, serve as a starter with some sliced bread, and watch it disappear.
A chouriço grill is, in essence, a miniature portable indoor barbecue especially designed for cooking sausages. The flavor you get from an assador is unlike anything you would achieve by cooking it on the hob or oven. Best of all, though it was designed for grilling chouriço, it is widely used for other types of Portuguese sausages such as linguiças, farinheiras and alheiras. A Cerâmica Edgar Picas chouriço grill is the kitchen accessory you never knew you needed.
|Dimensions||400 × 200 × 180 mm|
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