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Chorizos Braised in Hard Cider

  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • MAKE-AHEAD
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Hard cider, an Asturian specialty, is sweet apple cider that has been allowed to ferment. Hard ciders are generally sold at liquor stores, but those with a lower alcohol content may be available at some supermarkets.

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  1. 6 semi-dry Spanish-style chorizos (2 ounces each)
  2. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. One 24-ounce bottle hard apple cider
  4. Crusty bread, for serving
  1. Make four 1/2-inch-deep slashes on 1 side of each chorizo. In a medium, deep skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the chorizos and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the hard cider to the skillet and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook, turning occasionally, until the chorizos are softened and the liquid is reduced to 2/3 cup, about 30 minutes. Transfer the chorizos and sauce to a shallow bowl and serve with hunks of crusty bread.
Make Ahead The chorizos can be cooked earlier in the day. Rewarm them in a covered skillet over low heat. Notes For a cocktail-style appetizer, cut the chorizos into 1-inch pieces after cooking them and serve with toothpicks.

Suggested Pairing

A gutsy red will serve as the perfect foil for the spicy sausage and fruity sauce here. Opt for a richly fruity Rioja.