I was in La Rioja last weekend, and I have to say that … every time I go … I have to eat this stuff.
Lambs intestines??? OK, I know….. it won’t appeal to everyone, but if you give it a go, Embuchados will truely surprise you with a very positive experience, and you will be coming back for more.
These are La rioja little secrets, made with small lamb intestines (after a deep clean), and then rolled until you have a round shaped ball.
They are, then cut in thin slices and cooked at a high heat, served with salt and roasted ´Alegrias Riojanas´, a Riojan spicy chili.
Embuchados are sold in almost every butcher shop, in la rioja, ready to be cook. You can even ask, to slice them for you.
The ´Alegrias Riojanas´ are also sold fresh nearly everywhere. But If you can’t get them fresh, use the tinned ones.
OK, so …
The weather was fantastic, we made some flames and barbecued the lot.
The Embuchados, I love the rapping paper.
The Alegrias peppers.
In a mortar and pesto, crush the previously cooked and pealed Alegria peppers with salt and Extra virgin Olive Oil.
Almost cooked!!, but a bit longer…..I like them real crispy.
This is it!!
Now place them on a plate and add a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar. Also sprinkle a generous amount of salt and eat with the Alegrias…. be careful with the alegrias , as they are hot, hot!!