Good Old Portuguese Soup


1 lb green split peas

6 carrots, chopped

2 pieces of Michael's Chourico

1 soup shank

7 medium potatoes, cut in 4

1 bunch of kale, chopped

1 whole onion

2 qt water

1 small cabbage



Cook pea, chourico, meat, kale and onion until meat is cooked. Add potatoes and carrots. When potatoes are done, soup is also done. Keep adding water as need to make soup.

** You can always substitute peas with beans or macaroni of your preference **



Green Kale Soup / Caldo Verde


2 cups of water

1/2 lb potatoes

1/2 lb Michael's Chourico

2 tbsp olive oil

3 cups kale, finely chopped

salt to taste



Combine water, olive oil, and potatoes in a pot and boil until potatoes are cooked. After potatoes are cooked, remove them from water and mash. Put mashed potatoes back into the pot and add kale. Let cook for 15 minutes without covering the pot to preserve the green color of the kale. Cook chourico for 30 minutes in another pot. After chourico is cooked remove from pot and cut into slices. When the soup is cooked, serve with 2 or 3 slices of chourico in each plate.



Chicken and Chourico Jambalaya


1 1/2 Cups of parboiled long grain rice

1 whole chicken breast boneless, skinless and diced

1 lb of hot (spicy) Michael's Chourico, cut into half-inch slices

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

3 stalks of celery, chopped

1/2 tsp pepper

2 cups of chicken broth

1 cup of beef broth

1/2 tsp paprika

1 bay leaf



Combine rice, chourico, celery, onion, garlic, beef and chicken broth, bay leaf, pepper, paprika and Worcestershire sauce in large skillet or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add chicken, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through and liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.



Chourico and Peppers


1 lb of Michael's Chourico, cut into rings or ground

1 large can of tomato sauce

1 large onion, chopped

2 medium size green peppers, cut into strips

red wine or cooking wine (this depends on your taste for alcohol)

Portuguese pops, or crusty buns



Fry the onion, add chourico, peppers and tomato sauce. Add wine to taste (about 1 cup is normal). Cook in covered pan for 30 to 45 minutes. Serve on Portuguese pops or crusty buns.