This is a Spanish style dish with a halal twist. Chorizo is a Smokey type of pork sausage, so obviously Haram for Muslims to consume, but don’t fret I have an amazing halal substitute. I came across these garlic sausages many years ago and they go great with absolutely everything, from omelettes to pastas. You can find these in your local middle eastern butchers in the cheese & salami aisle. So I get to finally make Spanish inspired dishes, this being one of them. Basically any recipe that calls for chorizo or spicy haram sausages, go find these halal ones and your good to go!
Do bare in mind these sausages are very garlicky and a tad salty so there’s no need to add salt with these sausages, they also ooze their own yummy oils so you can be a little light handed in your oil use too!
Anyway the idea of skewers came up because this was going to be a late dinner for me and i I needed something quick but tasty. Including marinating, this was all done in less than an hour, thanks to my invaluable George Forman grill. Nibbling down on these skewers was enjoyable and then following it with those salsa drenched lettuce cups was a refreshing end to my meal.
What you’ll need for the skewers
(makes 10 skewers)
▪️ 20 ready to eat prawns
▪️ 2 links of garlic sucuk (sausage; sliced thick enough to be pierced)
▪½yellow bell pepper or any colour you like (wedges)
▪️ ½ red onion (wedges)
▪️ 20 gem lettuce leaves
▪️ 1tbsp olive oil
▪️ 2 garlic cloves (minced)
▪️ 2 tsp paprika
▪️ juice of 1 lemon
▪️ 1tbsp dried parsley
▪️ black pepper to taste
What you’ll need for the salsa
▪️ 5 cherry tomatoes (chopped finely)
▪️ quarter cucumber (chopped finely)
▪️ juice of ½ a lime
▪️ ½ red onion (chopped finely)
▪️ ½ tsp minced ginger & garlic
– In a container mix together the Olive oil, 2 minced garlic cloves, 2tsp of paprika, lemon juice, parsley & black pepper. Add in the prawns, sausage slices, half the yellow pepper & red onion. Coat ingredients well and marinate in the fridge for 30mins. Soak wooden skewers in warm water for this time.
– For the salsa, mix together the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, lime juice, red onion, garlic & ginger in a bowl. That’s your salsa ready!
– Now that your prawns & chorizo are well marinated, its time to get skewering. Simply pierce your ingredients in any order you like and grill. I used my george foreman for about 8 minutes rotating the skewers half way through.
-Arrange your lettuce leaves on a plate and dress them with your salsa, then place your skewers on top, just like the picture.
Gobble up time!