As a girl with two science degrees, there’s no point pretending I’m not a ‘geek’ at heart.
My favourite line of experimentation of late has been the ‘fast roast’.
I’ve noticed that most recipes have us cooking at a sedately 200C (400F) or lower. But the hotter the oven the faster dinner is ready, right?
So I’ve been cranking my oven up and seeing what happens.
You’re not going to believe it, but when you’re cooking smaller pieces of food like these bite sized chunks of spicy sausage and Brussels Sprouts dinner cooks quicker without any ill effects.
I know. So many possibilities!
Fast Roast Chorizo with Hot Feta & Brussels Sprouts
If I can’t convince you that Brussels Sprouts are super tasty when cooked like this, don’t worry, there are plenty of other tasty veg options in the ‘variations’ below.
enough for 2
takes 30 minutes
500g (1lb) Brussels sprouts, halved
2-4 chorizo or other spicy sausage
1 tablespoon vinegar
100g (3.5oz) feta cheese
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, leaves picked
1. Preheat your oven to 250C (480F). Halve brussels sprouts lengthwise and place in a roasting tray. Drizzle with oil and cook for 10 minutes.
2. Chop chorizo into bite sized chunks and add to the tray. Roast for another 10 minutes or until Brussels Sprouts are tender and chorizo is cooked through.
3. While the veg are cooking make the dressing. Combine vinegar with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt.
4. When the chorizo and veg are cooked, crumble feta over the top and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
5. Drizzle dressing over the cooked chorizo, sprouts and hot feta. Scatter with parsley and serve warm.
different veg / more veg – Broccoli or cauliflower are really lovely. Or for a more summery vibe use diced eggplant (aubergine), zucchini and capsicum (bell peppers). If you want to use green beans, snow peas or sugar snap peas they’ll cook in about the same time as the chorizo. Button mushrooms or sliced large mushrooms are so tasty cooked this way.
extra umami flavour – Add 1 teaspoon soy sauce with the dressing. And use less salt to season.
carb-lovers / more substantial – toss in cooked pasta or serve with warm pita or tortillas. Or add boiled potatoes to cook with the brussels sprouts.
dairy-free – replace feta with roasted nuts like almonds, brazil nuts or hazelnuts.
no chorizo – use any sausage (spicy or otherwise). Fish fillets or chicken thigh fillets will also work. The fish will take about 10 minutes (less if really thin) and chicken will take longer so add them at the beginning with the sprouts. If you like you can add a teaspoon or 2 of smoked paprika to the dressing to get that lovely smokiness.
vegetarian – use drained canned chickpeas instead of the chorizo. I also like a few handfuls of roast hazelnuts or almonds added with the feta. Or serve the roast veg, parsley and feta with a poached egg.
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