Many of my recipes are dreamed about, cogitated upon, mulled over and carefully contemplated before I even write them down. Most commonly I will think about recipes pretty much out of thin air, a kind of “what would happen if I combined this with this?” approach – the madder the better. But also, more prosaically, ideas are formed in the shower (a classic place to daydream), while driving, eating out, and of course flipping through glossy food mags – Bon Appetit being a favourite.
To record my hungry musings I have a collection of Muji paper notebooks filled with scribbles, stains and sketches – all recipes I’ve made over these past 5 years, as well as ideas that will remain forever trapped between the matte black covers. But as an inveterate hoarder of scrap paper I also have to keep up with random ramblings recorded on receipts and cut up photocopies too, all to be crammed into a notebook already bloated with clippings and notes.
The initial scribbles rarely capture the final recipe. Every time a food thought drifts into view – it is usually visual – I open a dialogue in my head that doesn’t really end until I am snapping the images that you see here. Even then – after probably two previous testings – I will be making changes: more texture, more colour, a squeeze of lemon (almost everything one eats can do with at least a hint of citrus). I am rarely happy with things as they are. At least when I am cooking.
This is, however, one of a few recent recipes where I have made no changes from the original thought; none whatsoever. Somehow I knew I would be satisfied with the simple but unusual combination you see below. And I have been, many times.
If you read my last post involving blood oranges you will know that I am more likely to eat fruit if it is in the company of vegetables. Most usually this marriage of flavours takes place in a salad, but today I am upping my skillet dinner recipe game with Portobello mushrooms, rainbow chard, fake chorizo (one of my non-wholefood vices, I am afraid), Pink Lady apples and a good splash of spicy ketchup. That really is just about all to this recipe, save for a little olive oil. But do read on for a method, of sorts.
I apologise for veering so violently from spring back to winter with this recipe. Last week’s salad may have seemed to herald a batch of spring-like recipes, but nope. It is chilly and grey, and most definitely a skillet recipe kind of day. Unlike yesterday, where we spent the afternoon at the beach. In a coat, mind you. It is Scotland after all. 😉
Chorizo, Apple and Chard Spicy Skillet Supper
Get out your skillet or wok to make this simple, unusual and very tasty light supper or brunch dish. Don’t miss out the apple. I know it sounds odd, but please trust me on this! xx
1 tbsp rapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil
100g vegetarian or vegan chorizo – sliced (more if you like)
1 apple (I like Pink Lady), cored and sliced into 12-16 slices
2 very large Portobello mushrooms, sliced OR equivalent chestnut mushrooms (halve these)
150g rainbow or other chard (or other dark leafy greens), washed and chopped
Spicy ketchup (I really like Gran Luchito brand)
1. Heat a little of the oil in a heavy skillet or wok over a low-medium flame and gently sauté the chorizo. Veggie chorizo is not as robust as its meaty counterpart so be gentle when moving it. I use tongs to ensure even browning. When the slices are coloured, remove from the pan to a bowl. Add the apples to the pan and cook as for the chorizo. Add to the bowl.
2. Pour in a spot more oil and sauté the mushrooms, sautéing until they release their liquid. Turn up the flame and add the chard, stir-frying until the chard is soft and glossy. If it is at all watery form the chard, drain this off before adding the apples and chorizo to the pan and heat through if necessary.
3. Serve with spoonings of spicy ketchup.
Variations: add in cooked lentils and/or cooked quinoa for a much heartier meal; ditto, fried or poached egg.
26 thoughts on “‘Chorizo’, Apple & Chard Spicy Skillet Supper – A Vegetarian Recipe”
Great combo! I must go look for some veggie chorizo…
Looks awesome. This is a pretty bold recipe! Nothing like the combo of smoke and sweet. Looking forward to reading about the granola bites and the yuzu drizzle. Cool post!
Beautiful! Can you tell me about veggie chorizo – is it on sale in the usual haunts? I’ve not noticed it before and I do love the chorizo flavours 🙂
I confess – and I’m not proud of it – that it is Quorn chorizo. I usually avoid Quorn as I wish to use whole foods for the most part, but their veggie chorizo is the best non-meat one I have tried. READERS: If anyone uses a really good vegan chorizo, please let us know!
Great pictures!! Looks delicious 🙂
looks great ill try it
Yum, I love Chorizo with anything so this sounds delicious!
Looks delicious! Though, I had to google what chorizo was. It’s a new word for me) Still not sure what vegan chorizo is made of.
The pictures are great!
Ha ha! I take it for granted that my readers know what I’m talking about – sorry! Just use any smoky spicy sausage or veggie equivalent xx
Thanks) That’s OK. Learning everyday)
I love your description of devising a recipe – it’s definitely a process isn’t it. Your recipes are always so colourful and inviting! This sounds yummy.
I’ve never heard of vegan chorizo! I am going on the hunt for some here. Beautiful post.
Wow, I have never heard of Veggie Chorizo and love the sound of this dish with the spicy ketchup!
I would never have heard of vegan chorizo if it wasn’t for you Kellie. I would love to make this but I am going to stick to Brindisa chorizo for now!
Looks great, but even nicer is that Sunday view from Yellowcraigs….nothing beats yummy food eaten with views like that! I love chorizo flavour too, and sometimes…only sometimes mind….feel guilty about its lack of healthy virtues. But then I forgive it and tuck in😆💕
What a creative idea! I love that this “chorizo” has a little bit of sweetness from the apples as well!
This is honestly making me salivate, lol. 🙂 Your photos are exquisite, by the way. I cannot wait to try this dish.
Looks yummy as always and so colourful, I am going to try it with poached eggs. We have no kitchen at the moment waiting for the new one to go in so it very hard to cook tasty healthy one dish meals with my mini (tiny tiny) oven with two hotplates. You can’t have the oven & hotplates on together, try getting your head round that when meal planning after a long day at work… anyway only another 6 weeks to go !!!!!!
That must be so frustrating, Sue! I hope that you are getting the kitchen of your dreams. I could do with a new kitchen but I can’t bring myself to deal with the disruption. I’m chuffed you like the look of this easy one pan recipe. I box and cox between poached and steam-fried egg, the latter being more fool-proof for me. 😉
We went for the steam fried eggs too… yep lovely shiny navy and white (think nautical) kitchen with a coastal feel to reflect the beach that’s about 10mins walk from our front door !
Ahhh…sounds beautiful! You’ll soon be putting your own touches on it I’m sure. And enjoying more hob burners!
Just made and eaten this ours didn’t look as pretty as yours ours with the steam ‘fried’ eggs look more of a car crash but tasted delicious…. We said it would be a good one dish meal for camping too….
If I’m not taking pictures of my food, most of it looks as you describe! Thanks for your kind words, Sue. What chorizo did you end up using?
Actually I went for Hecks chilli sausage and cut them up into smaller pieces, just haven’t found anything sausage veggie that I like.
I know. The Quorn stuff is okay, but it isn’t a real food and the vegan stuff is very far away from being chorizo that it isn’t worth the bother. And I don’t like the regular veggie sausages either. There are some fun veggie sausage recipes out there so I may try one – one of these days!