These flavorful Chorizo, Manchego and Olive Skewers will be the star of your Christmas or New Year’s Eve! You won’t believe how easy they are!
I really hope you all can follow this really in-depth and intermediate-level recipe. JK, all you have to do is layer things on a stick. No cooking involved, whatsoever.
These Chorizo, Manchego, and Olive Skewers are the perfect tapas for any holiday party!
Personally, I’m a huge fan of anything that’s served on a stick. Just pop it in all your mouth, chew and enjoy. Isn’t that really all we ever want out of an appetizer?
My thought process for this “recipe” was as follows: “I love cheese boards. Like, I REALLY love cheese boards.”
From there, I decided that instead of having a cheese plate where you have to build your own bite, why not create a little skewer that has everything on it that you want?
The version that I’m sharing with you today is Spanish-themed, but you could totally do an Italian version, French, German or mix and match whatever meats and cheeses you like.
How to Make these Chorizo, Manchego, and Olive Skewers
For these Spanish skewers, I chose Spanish chorizo, manchego cheese, and manzanilla olives with a drizzle of honey for sweetness and almonds for crunch.
The idea is that you take everything you want on your cheese platter and assemble it on a toothpick or skewer.
Instead of honey, you could smear on some preserves, instead of almonds you could do pistachios or breadcrumbs… the possibilities are endless.
I left off amounts of the ingredients because that’s going to vary for every party and you all are very bright people who can figure out what’s best for you.
Plus, this is really just a baseline idea and you all get crazy with your substitutions and whatnot.
You just need to make sure you include: salty, spicy, sweet, crunchy, and creamy. You can’t go wrong with that equation!
What is Manchego cheese similar to
Manchego is a semi-hard sheep’s milk cheese that has an amazing nutty flavor. It’s my absolute favorite cheese and I don’t make a charcuterie board without it.
If you can’t find them (although, you should be able to), asiago, English cheddar, parmesan, and pecorino romano are my favorite substitutions.
How to Store These Skewers
These are so easy to throw together, I’d recommend keeping the ingredients separately in the fridge and then assembling as needed. Truth be told, you probably won’t have any leftovers!
Hot Tip for Buying Chorizo
If you find yourself in the grocery store with a different kind of chorizo in each hand, listen up. In most stores, you’ll be able to find Mexican chorizo and Spanish chorizo.
The Mexican version is a spiced ground pork product and you’ll find it with the breakfast sausage and usually either in a bulk sausage roll (like breakfast sausage) or in links with a casing that you could remove or cook in (similar to Italian sausage).
This Corn Fritter, Chorizo and Egg Stacks with Green Chili Jam recipe use Mexican chorizo.
Spanish choriz0, which we’re using here, is cured and you can find it with salami, pepperoni, and other dried meat.
You can also find this version in the deli section in thin slices, like deli salami.
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This post was originally published on Dec 21, 2016.
- Spanish Chorizo
- Manchego Cheese
- Manzanilla Olives
- Slivered Almonds
- Layer Chorizo on top, olive in the middle, and cheese on the bottom.
- Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with slivered almonds.
- Serve and enjoy!
Mexican chorizo is the ground kind that you'll find with the breakfast sausage. Spanish chorizo is dried cured and you can find it by the salami.