I’ve been shooting a bit of Spanish food photography recently and dabbling with that darker food look, the chorizo is without a doubt the most famous of Spanish sausages and I must admit I am a bit partial to it. There is one however that our local butcher makes here in Orce and it is an absolute mad man… chorizo ‘ravioso’. The word ‘ravioso’ means angry or p**sed off, appropriately named perhaps as this sausage attacks your taste buds with a vengeance the likes of which you have probably not experienced before either in a simple Spanish tapa or an ingredient.
The butcher makes three types of chorizo – sweet, hot (hot enough for most laved with cayenne pepper) and our crazy boy ravioso pictured here, the only way to distinguish them from one another is buy the colour of the string they are tied with – remove the string, do some slicing and dicing and you have a plate of Russian roulette which is always funny when you begin to see one of your guests faces begin to turn a shade of red not disimilar to the colour of the sausage itself.
Its fair to say that the intense heat from this sausage does ‘build’ so just when you think you have got away with it – WHAM! It hits you like a tonne of bricks, lovely if like me, you love hot food!
Images: So we have mad man ravioso getting charged at the top and a couple of more ‘normal’ images here, this particular chorizo is also called the Orce Fire Chorizo so adding a hint of smoke seemed appropriate…