The ultimate chorizo sandwich

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I met up with an old friend from college one night in the city for a drink, and I told her about spending time at the Borough Market. Of course. She asked if I had tried the chorizo sandwich yet.

“You have to try it. It’s the best,” she raved.

On my next visit to the market, I arrived early and meandered over to the chorizo sandwich stand. They were still opening and told me to come back in about 15 minutes. I thought about blowing it off, for there was enough at Borough Market to not have to wait, but returned maybe 20 minutes later to discover a line that wrapped around the corner.

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Surprised, yet taking this as a good sign, I hopped in line. There were two guys working the tiny stall, one grilling the chorizo and the other assembling the sandwiches fresh for you. It was a simple sandwich:  toasted bun drizzled with olive oil then topped with rocket {a leafy green similar to arugula}, roasted Pepuillo pepper, and grilled chorizo. They handed you the sandwich, wrapped in a napkin, and off you went as they tackled the rest of the line.

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It sounds strange, but there is nowhere to actually sit down to eat all of the scrumptious food at the Borough Market. The market is too packed with stalls and people.

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Normally, everyone takes their delicacies to Southwark Cathedral’s churchyard on the other side of the market’s fence to sit in its courtyard and lunch.

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I mosied on over to the churchyard to plop down and try out the sandwich that smelled fantastic – the way a proper summer barbecue should smell – but I thought looked quite plain.

In my mind, I’m thinking “This is it?”

The taste was anything but ordinary, and rendered me sort of giddy. It was hot and spicy, but had this sweet caramelized outer crust from the charcoal grill.  The meat melded perfectly with the roasted red pepper and peppery rocket leaf. The bun was soft yet substantial.

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A pretty perfect sandwich. I considered my chorizo sausage weekend lunch in the churchyard some sort of divine intervention, for I went back for the sandwich every weekend the remainder of my time in London.

The Chorizo Sandwich
Inspired by the Brindisa Chorizo Grill, Borough Market

This is by far one of the most popular items at the Borough Market and served at the Brindisa Chorizo Grill stall. Get there early on Friday and Saturday to avoid the crowds! It’s a simple sandwich to make at home, so the flavors lie in the quality ingredients. Try to find quality chorizo sausage, crisp greens, good olive oil, and a fresh ciabatta roll – and you won’t be disappointed.

Makes one sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 chorizo sausage link {Brindisa uses their own chorizo sausage}
  • 1 fresh ciabatta roll
  • 1-2 roasted Piquillo peppers
  • 1 handful of rocket or arugula
  • good quality olive oil

Directions

1. Start to prepare the grill. Charcoal grills are the preferred method, which take a while for the coals to come to proper temperature, but gas grills would also work. Butterfly the chorizo sausage link and grill until heated through and dark grill marks are etched into the sausage on both sides. Times may vary depending on the grill. Remove the sausage from the grill and let sit on a plate for about five minutes. Resting the meat allows the juices to permeate the meat and deepen the flavors.

2. Cut the ciabatta roll in half and toast on the grill for 1-2 minutes, until color is a light, golden brown.

3. Take the toasted roll, drizzle both sides with olive oil, add the Piquillo peppers, rocket or arugula, and chorizo sausage. No need to be fussy. Just wrap this sandwich in a napkin and eat immediately.
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3 Responses to The ultimate chorizo sandwich

  1. Mark says:

    Your killing me Sarah…. The Borough Market is the best thing about London and in my opinion is second only to Barcelona’s La Boquerie/Ramblas Market for top European food meccas. You are a lucky lady!

  2. I’ve never had chorizo before!!

    I hear so much about it, but the thing is I’m not a fan of any meat besides chicken. Plus I don’t eat beef.

    But it looks like something worth trying!

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