Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Zorza (Fried Spanish Chorizo Filling)

I'll be honest... I have never made Zorza and this is my first time. Zorza is basically the filling for Spanish Chorizo (what you fill the casings with) BUT instead of being ground up raw for the filling, you leave the pork in chunks and fry it in oil.

This dish came to be because prior to filling the chorizo casings, people making them had to know if they tasted right, if it had the right amount of salt and spices. So to test it, they would fry a small portion and taste it. If it tasted good then the chorizo would be good too.

Over time, I guess some people just loved the "Zorza" and some people prepare the pork meat just for the sole purpose of making "Zorza."

I pretty much looked at different recipes online and came up with these ratios. The first time I heard of "Zorza" was at Pilar Lechuza's blog "La Cocina de Lechuza" (dedicated to Galician and Spaniard cooking) The blog is written in Spanish but can be translated with some converter thing? Immediately I knew this was something I had to try and everyone in and out ofmy house loved it.

Ingredients:

-2 lbs. pork meat (I used boneless pork leg meat with fat) cut into small cubes
-2 tablespoons sweet smoked Spanish paprika (Pimienton dulce)
-1 tablespoon hot smoked Spanish paprika (Pimienton picante)
-1 teaspoon dried oregano
-salt to taste (at least 2 teaspoons)
-1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
-1/2 cup dry white wine
-1 bunch parsley finely minced (optional, I did not add it or find it necessary)

Directions:
(1) Mix pork meat very well with all ingredients, marinade for at least 12 hours or overnight stirring every now and then (like whenever you remember. no big deal if you forget. I stirred it maybe twice)

(2) The next day, heat a large pan on very very high heat. Add the marinaded pork meat and stir occasionally (you do not need to add oil to the pan because you added plenty of olive oil to the meat and the wine acts as a deglazer so it doesn't allow for much sticking). Stir on very high heat until all water evaporates. The pork will have rendered plenty of fat. Keep stirring until meat is slightly browned and fully cooked (Have patience, this takes about 25 minutes of cooking, maybe even longer).

(3) Drain meat by putting it in a large dish with paper bags under to soak the excess grease. Save the delicious fat for cooking other things or to flavor other stuff. It has an intense pork flavor infused with delicious smokey Spanish paprika.

(4) You can serve it with cubed fried potatoes, fried eggs, or if desired, a raw salad. I served it with cubed fried potatoes and sauteed a lot of onions in the leftover drippings until they were sweet and caramelized. Sprinkle a bit of salt of the potatoes and onions and Mmmm... comfort food indeed.

NOTE:
(1) DO NOT! I repeat! DO NOT even try to make this recipe if you do not have the smoked Spanish paprikas! I believe you can still get tasty results with just the sweet smoked Spanish Paprika which seems to be available readily in the USA now (Internet, specialty stores, or your local grocery store in the spice section) I recently just saw a large 8.5 oz. container by McCormick at Costco for $3.19 dollars. It tastes just like the "Pimienton Dulce de La Vera." it's labeled as "Smoked Paprika" and say's something about Spain and about it being sweet in the front label. The American paprika that you can find everywhere that is just labeled "Paprika"is bland and tastes completely different. I have yet to try Hungarian Paprika but I assume that it is also very different so do not try to substitute with that.

(2) The Zorza can be used as an "Empanada" filling as well. You can use the leftover grease to make flavorful Empanada dough.

P.S.

I am tempted to someday take the task of making Spanish Chorizo at home and curing it myself. Though some may be of good quality, it is ridiculously over priced here in the states andis not nearly as good as what is available in Spain.

Edited by: Travis Thi

6 comments:

Masa Assassin said...

Looks great, I look forward to more recipes. You have some great cuban recipes here keep up the great work.

IDania said...

Nathan,
I love it!!!
It's 9:oo a.m. here in Spain now, and my mouth is watering!!! Qué rico!!!! We make chorizo at home once a year... Of course, we could buy it anywhere, but we enjoy making it!!!.
I do remember how overprized was spanish chorizo in the US. When we lived in California we purchased it from a spanish restaurant "El Quijote de Rafa" (I think it was located in East L.A.). He made it himself but it costed an arm and a leg. I would send you some chorizo from here, but you and I both know it will not go through customs. However, if you can't find spanish paprika there, let me know and I will be glad to send you a a pack of a pound or two.
Besitos,
IDania

Rox said...

Hi Nathan- long time no speak! Hey I passed on a blog award to you ;) Check it out at my most recent post.

Marilyn said...

Hi Nathan,
I hope you are having a good summer.
I am double sending you Rox's award, you deserve it.
I am so impress with your cooking, tell me, are you considering as career?
Saludos!

Pilar - Lechuza said...

Nathan cuanto me alegro de que te guste mi receta de la zorza. Es una delicia.
Si alguna vez quieres hacer chorizos caseros, tienes tambien la receta en mi blog. Anímate, verás que es muy sencillo y salen muy, muy ricos.
un abrazo amigo

Nathan said...

Masa Assasin,
There's wayyy more to come ;)

IDania,
Gracias por la oferta la mantendre en mente, tengo una amiga que acaba de ir a espana y le pedi pimienton dulce y picante si no me lo trae te dejo saber :) Un million de gracias :D

Rox,
Already recieved it ;)

Marilyn,
Gracias ay te dejo saber como va la vida.

Pilar,
Un dia destos los voy acer.