I discovered Soy Chorizo through our Facebook fans, who raved about this vegetarian version of a spicy pork sausage. I don’t normally buy fake meat products, but the reviews were so overwhelmingly glowing that my curiosity was piqued. One taste, and I was hooked. It was just as flavorful as any good chorizo I’d ever had, but far less greasy. Ever since then, I’ve been looking for more ways to use TJ’s soy chorizo, which is now a staple in our house.
First a quick tutorial, if you’ve never bought chorizo before. It comes in a plastic casing which needs to be removed before using. And this Soy Chorizo is just the same – slice into the casing, remove chorizo, and discard plastic casing.
The first recipe I tried was Tamale Bake, an easy casserole using another of my favorite TJ products, fully-cooked Organic Polenta. It’s a great dish for large crowds, and it’s a cinch to assemble the casserole ahead of time. Like most casseroles, you can add whatever vegetables you have on hand and serve with any selection of toppings. I like to serve this dish with my homemade Cilantro Sauce.
For the Superbowl last month, I experimented with another crowd pleaser: Soy Chorizo Chili, pictured above. The Chorizo was spicy enough that I didn’t add any other spice, not even chili powder, and the dish was perfectly seasoned. For milder spice, tone it down by stirring in some sour cream or chili to cut the spice.
Fellow food blogger Tracy Holleran shared with us her recipe for Soy Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms. Next on my list to try is Chorizo and Eggs. What else do you use chorizo for? Please share your recipes on our recipe site: www.CookTJ.com.