Recipe: Chorizo Rolls | Pão com Chouriço

There are three ways to avoid the awkward party phenomenon.

1. You can get to the party early enough to snag a good seat on the couch.

2. You can bring a friend (it’s a well documented fact that, if you have a friend at your side, you’ll have someone to talk to when you don’t feel like dancing, someone to laugh with when you do feel like dancing, and someone to make sure you don’t do anything silly during the twilight zone part of the party).

Taken at São Martinho do Porto, West coast of Portugal. Photo by Joaquim Alves Gaspar.

3. Then there’s these rolls. Oh boy.

Show up to a party with steaming hot Portuguese rolls filled with chorizo sausage and not only will you have something to hold onto when you’re not sure what to do with yourself, you’ll draw a crowd.

People think bread is so hard to make, but the secret is you just pile everything into a bowl or standing mixer, mix it up, and let it sit for an hour and half. Then you shape it, let it rest and bake. Done!

Makes 10 rolls


For the dough:

4 cups flour
2 tsp instant dry yeast
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 cups warm water

For the filling:

6 oz chorizo sausage cut into slices and casing removed


First, find a place where the waves crash against your imagination. This is always a great place to make bread.

São Lourenço. Photo by Hansueli Krapf.

Then, add all the dough ingredients into a standing mixer fitted with dough hook and set the timer for 10 minutes. You can also mix by hand and knead for 10 minutes as well.

The dough will be smooth and elastic. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise into a puffy cloud for 1 1/2-2 hours.

Meanwhile, dream yourself a happy dream – perhaps in the sunny courtyard of an old castle. The kind with an era of stories to tell and a flag whipping in the wind.

Castro Marim (Algarve, Portugal): inside the old castle. Photo by Marc Ryckaert.

Next, divide the dough into 8-10 evenly sized pieces, pat flat, fill with about 3 slices of chorizo, pinch the dough together, flip over onto your baking sheet, and let rise another 30 minutes.

Tip: For an added bit of charm, dip each roll into flour. It’ll give the bread a nice artisan look when you take it out of the oven.

Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes. Pop the hot rolls in a cloth-lined basket and you’re ready for anything – a nice hot bowl of soup by the window, or even a wild party.

We brought the hot chorizo rolls to Ava’s teachers.

Ava loved every second of passing out the rolls.

Note how, even with the “thumbs down” Ava ate her entire bun. She’s such a silly goose.

We also brought some to the airport to see papa, who was returning from a week-long business trip.

These chorizo rolls are ready for anything.

Thanks, Portugal.

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  1. NEAT…

  2. Annabelle says:

    Oh boy, warm chorizo is something I discovered when I visited Portugal and it is amazing. Eat those warm!

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Yes, warm is amazing – although room temperature is surprisingly good as well :) I saw a recipe with chopped rosemary in with the chorizo, which sounded great, too… might try that next time.

  3. Jormungand says:

    We in Spain have a variant of these Portuguese rolls called “bollos preñaos” (“pregnant buns”). They have a small chorizo sausage in the bun, instead of slices.

    I really love how chorizo “sweats” when baked:

  4. Helena Wasilewski says:

    Made these today and they are delightful! I made them half size (but still managed to eat 2). Thanks for sharing. Helena

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