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Easy Fried Peppers, Garlic and Chorizo Recipe – Pimientos, Ajo y Chorizo Frito

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Fried Peppers, Garlic and Chorizo Tapa – Pimientos, Ajo y Chorizo Frito (c)

Fried Peppers, Garlic and Chorizo Tapa – Pimientos, Ajo y Chorizo Frito

Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
This typical Spanish tapa is simple, quick and easy. Green and yellow peppers fried with Spanish chorizo sausage and garlic make a colorful addition to the table. Served on a platter in the center of the table, and mound the mixture on slices of fresh rustic bread. It is also a great first course or accompaniment to scrambled eggs.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 long green peppers
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2 fresh chorizo sausages (1/2 lb or 1/4 kg)
  • Spanish olive oil for frying
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

This Fried Peppers, Garlic and Chorizo recipe makes 4 servings as a tapa. If making as a first course, add another pepper.

Important Note re Spanish Chorizo: This sausage is very different than Mexican or Caribbean chorizo. Spanish chorizo is a firm, drier sausage where most Mexican chorizo is fresh and soft, not cured. It also has different spices than Spanish Chorizo, so it is not a good substitute for this recipe. If you need a substitute, use Portuguese Linguica sausage, which is very similar to Spanish Chorizo and should be easy to find in your local supermarket.

Rinse peppers, then remove stems, seeds and membranes. Cut in slices lengthwise, about 1/3-inch wide. Peel and finely chop garlic Cut chorizo into 1-inch lengths.

Pour 4-5 Tbsp olive oil into a heavy bottom frying pan and heat. When oil is hot, fry chorizo pieces and pepper strips, stirring often. When peppers are browned and almost cooked, add minced garlic and continue to fry. When chorizo and peppers are cooked, serve on platter with rustic bread.

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