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In this post, we’ll show you how to make a Chourico & Chips Grinder. This New England staple features crisp, golden-brown fries, and pan-fried Chourico tucked into a sub roll. Serve them with extra fries and Chourico coins for a scrumptious meal.
You do not need to be Portuguese to enjoy this quick and easy sandwich. Made with McCain® Quick Cook Straight Cut Fries, and Chourico; this meal takes about 15 minutes to make! So quick and convenient for family meals. Click HERE to add McCain Quick Cook Fries to your grocery cart.
We love to serve ours with extra fries–because why not! The McCain family of French fries is always our go-to. We love how they are made with 100% real potatoes, and no artificial flavors.
This *NEW* variety of “Quick Cook” is the best because they bake up to the PERFECT golden brown and are so convenient with a quick cook time and no flipping required! Perfect for a snack or quick meal side which we can always appreciate around here! Faster to Prepare. Easier to Share.
Before starting this recipe, you’ll want to verify that you have the following ingredients:
- McCain Quick Cook Straight Cut Fries – cooks in half the time*. These golden brown, straight cut fries are the classic variety found in this grinder.
- Chourico – A fully cooked, smoked, and spiced Portuguese, seasoned sausage available in New England. You can also use Linguica or Chorizo.
- Bread – You can use a Portuguese grinder roll or your favorite type.
Equipment and Supplies Needed
We used the following equipment and supplies to make this recipe. Items that are optional or can be substituted will be noted.
- Skillet – used to cook the Chourico.
- Baking sheet – Use a large, dark-colored baking sheet to bake your McCain Quick Cook Straight Cut Fries.
- Cutting board – to slice your sausage into 1/2″ thick coins.
- Knife – A chef’s knife will work well to get your slices perfect.
This recipe is easy to make if you know the right tips and tricks! Here are my tips for ensuring your Chourico Grinders come out perfectly.
We used McCain Quick Cook Straight Cut Fries in our sandwich, but they also have other varieties that would work well. Find McCain Quick Cook Waffle Cut and Crinkle Cut Fries in your grocer’s freezer.
Cooking these fries is so easy too! Simply preheat your oven to 425° F. Spread frozen fries in a single layer on a dark, non-stick baking sheet or shallow baking pan. Bake fries for 10-13 minutes! There is no flipping required with these fries which are made with 100% real potatoes, and no artificial flavors.
The beauty of this sandwich is you can swap the Chourico for any flavor you prefer. Typically, it is available in regular, hot, and mild. Additionally, Linguica or Spanish Chorizo can be used for a similar taste.
While the traditional way of enjoying this sandwich is just with the fries, and sausage, you can add what you love! Check out a few suggestions below!
- melted cheese
- red peppers
- hot pepper rings
- piri piri sauce
- hot sauce
If you want to store your Chourico Sandwiches, just follow these easy steps.
- Assemble cooled grinders, and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. Several layers will be best for freshness. Place them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- To reheat, simply unwrap plastic wrap from the grinder, and place it on a microwave-safe plate. Heat for one minute over medium heat in the microwave. Enjoy!
* Compared to McCain® 32 OZ Crinkle Fries, 32 OZ Classic Fries, and 26 OZ Seasoned Waffle Fries (respectively) in conventional ovens.
Follow the recipe below to make Chourico Grinders! This recipe makes 8 SERVINGS, but you can adjust the recipe card for other serving sizes.
Chourico & Chips Grinder
- large, dark baking sheet
- Cutting board
- chef's knife
- 20 ounces McCain® Quick Cook Straight Cut French Fried Potatoes 1 bag
- 1½ pounds Chourico sliced into ½" coins.
- 8 large grinder rolls
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Spread frozen fries in a single layer on a dark, non-stick baking sheet or shallow baking pan. Bake 10-13 minutes. Once done, set aside.
- Add sausage coins to a large skillet, and cook for 5-8 minutes over medium-low heat. You want the sausage coins to have a slightly crisp edge. Once done, set aside.
- Slice rolls ½ way down the middle and stuff each equally with fries and Chourico. Serve immediately.
Find McCain Quick Cook Fries in your grocer’s freezer in the frozen vegetable section. They are available at Market Basket, Shaw’s, and Stop & Shop to name a few.