I really wanted to try the chorizo sausages from work the other day, but I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. I was told they are a bit spicy to serve as a sausage on a bun and that they were commonly served in Mexican dishes. This is enough to deter me, I like spicy foods, but can rarely handle the spice in large doses. I decided to make an experimental stir fry of sorts with the food I already had in my fridge and the cupboards. Things I had around for a while and wanted to use up. Things I hoped would pair well with the sausages. I hoped mixing in the grains and vegetables would tone down the spiciness of the sausages. Added a few more spices for some added flavour.
The result? It doesn’t look like much, a bit boring actually. But this stir fry is packed with flavour. (Add some cayenne pepper if you like yours a bit more spicy!) It was better the second day after the flavours absorbed into the cous cous. On top of that, it’s very affordable! We will be making this (or a variation) again!
Chorizo and Cous Cous Stir Fry
- 4 chorizo sausages – approximate cost $3.50
- 2 cups cous cous, cooked according to the package – approximate cost $2.00
- 1 can (about 1 1/2 cups) lentils – approximate cost $1.50
- 1 bunch swiss chard, (about 2 cups) roughly chopped – approximate cost $2.50
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika – approximate cost $0.15
- 1 teaspoon cumin – approximate cost $0.10
- 1 teaspoon sea salt – approximate cost $0.05
- 1 teaspoon black pepper – approximate cost $0.10
- Cook the chorizo in a frying pan over medium heat.
- Remove from frying pan and set aside to cool.
- Prepare cous cous according to the package.
- Add the lentils to the cous cous (immediately after adding cous cous to boiling water).
- Mix well and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Blanch the swiss chard pieces.
- Slice the chorizo into bite-sized pieces.
- Add the chorizo, smoked paprika, cumin, sea salt, black pepper and swiss chard to a frying pan.
- Stir until well-combined and warmed.
- Add the chorizo and swiss chard mixture to the cous cous and lentils mixture.
- Mix well so the spices are thoroughly blended into the cous cous.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Makes 6 servings (approximate cost: $1.65 per serving).