While the sweet vanilla flavor of classic madeleines is what these French cookies are well known for, adding a savory twist with finely grated Chorizo sausage and Parmesan cheese will have you hooked in no time!
These French Savoury Chorizo Madeleines are soft and cakey, loaded with comforting flavors of sausage and melted cheese. They’re perfect as a savory tea-time snack or party appetizer.
⭐ Why You Will Love These Chorizo Madeleines
- Savoury madeleines are delicious mini savoury French cookies - perfect for snacks or appetizers.
- The sausage and cheese in these madeleines provide a welcome twist for savory-food lovers!
- Make the madeleine batter in advance to save on recipe prep time.
These stunning classic French madeleines are easy to make using simple ingredients you likely have at home!
👩🏻🍳 Ingredients You’ll Need
These scrumptious savoury cookies are made with minimal pantry-staple ingredients. Easily double the recipe when serving a larger crowd!
- Eggs - I’ve used medium size eggs, brought to room temperature for better mixing into the rest of the ingredients.
- Flour - All-purpose flour is a good option.
- Butter - Salted or unsalted as you wish. Melted butter cooled down before using it.
- Chorizo - Use your favorite type of Chorizo sausage and with the help of a grater, shred it.
- Parmesan - Finely grated Parmesan cheese pairs well with the sausage. If you don't have any, you can easily skip it.
- Salt and pepper
In terms of utensils, you need to gather (affiliate links):
- Madeleines pan: if you don't have one, a muffin pan works too, I've tried it, you still get the signature hump!
- A mixing bowl and a whisk
📋 Variations to Explore
Apart from the obvious variation of making classic sweet madeleines into savory treats, here are more ways that you can easily adapt these French savoury Chorizo madeleines:
- Sausage - There are different types of Chorizo sausage depending on the region. You can use spicy or non-spicy Chorizo, Chorizo that’s made from pork or beef!
- Cheese - I’ve used Parmesan cheese in this savory madeleine recipe, but you can experiment with other types of cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Herbs - Finely chopped herbs, such as chives or parsley, would be an excellent addition to these savoury madeleines..
Other add-ins - Maple syrup is another ingredient you may wish to consider for a sweet contrast to the savoury sausage and cheese, similar to what you can expect from French toast with bacon and syrup!
- First, make the madeleine batter by combining the eggs and salt (picture 1).
- Next, add in the flour and baking powder (picture 2).
Tip: Sifting the flour and baking powder will eliminate any lumps in the batter.
- Then, shred the Chorizo and the Parmesan cheese. Add these ingredients to the batter (Picture 3).
Tip: Using a cheese grater to shred the sausage will help to create small pieces of sausage, which will help prevent the baked cookies from crumbling.
- After that, preheat the oven while the batter chills in the fridge for 30 to 60 minutes. This helps the batter to rise well and have a light and fluffy texture (Picture 4).
- Lastly, add one tablespoon of batter in each madeleine mold and bake at 420F for 6 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350F and bake for an extra 6 minutes. Remove the baked madeleines and cool them before serving.
Tip: It’s this change in oven temperature that creates the famous hump in Madeleines! You can also chill the madeleine pan before adding the chilled batter and baking the cookies for the best results.
A Madeleine pan is a one-piece baking pan with shell-shaped molds which create the look of a classic French cookie. You can source a Madeleine pan in kitchen equipment specialty stores or online.
Most Madeleine pans have 12 molds. The size of the individual molds is typically 2 inches wide and 3 inches long. You may need to vary the cooking time if your Madeleine pan differs in size.
Like cakes and muffins, you can test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of a Madeleine. The toothpick should come out clean without wet batter.
Madeleine cookies have a sponge cake texture. They are soft and moist with a bump in the middle which is the result of contrasting temperatures during the cook time.
These easy and savoury sausage and cheese madeleines can be enjoyed as a party appetizer with your favorite wine. They can also be served as a snack or side dish alongside a salad or savoury finger foods and sauces.
🍴 More Delicious Savoury Treats
French Savoury Chorizo Madeleines
- 3 eggs medium size
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 stick butter melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ⅔ cup chorizo shredded
- ½ cup parmesan shredded
- pepper optional
- Melt the butter and side aside to cool down.
- In a bowl, mix the eggs and salt (and pepper).
- Sift the flour and baking powder and make sure there are no lumps. Add the butter. Mix well.
- Shred chorizo using a cheese grater and add to batter. Mix and add parmesan.
- Allow the preparation to rest in the fridge for 30 min to an hour.
- Preheat the oven at 420F.
- Put one tablespoon of the mixture in each madeleine mold and place in the oven at 420F (220C) for 6 minutes and drop the temperature to 350F (180C) and bake another 6 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and allow to cool.
- Do not skip chilling the batter in the fridge. The changes of temperature create a choc and this is how you obtain the famous hump.
- You can skip the parmesan if you wish, it is as delicious without it.
- Allowing the butter to cool down prevents the batter to 'precook' (if the butter was really hot).