Tapas feast: tortilla, glazed chorizo, manchego cheese, cured meats & honey, stuffed peppers, rolled anchovies

Tapas

Serves 6

  • For the tortilla

  • 250 g baby new potatoes

  • 1 small red onion

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • ½ small bunch fresh rosemary

  • 8 free-range eggs

  • 1 large handful prewashed rocket, to serve

  • For the chorizo

  • 250 g semi-cured whole iberico chorizo

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon runny honey

  • For the peppers

  • 50 g Manchego cheese

  • 1 loaf ciabatta

  • 50 g blanched almonds

  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme

  • red wine vinegar

  • 450 g jarred whole peppers

  • For the Manchego

  • 100 g Manchego cheese

  • 100 g quality Spanish cured meats, such as pata negra

  • runny honey, for drizzling

  • instant or quality ground coffee

  • 1 handful black olives

  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme or oregano, optional

  • For the anchovies

  • 50 g chilled marinated or dressed anchovies

  • a few sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 lemon

  • 150 g cherry tomatoes

  • smoked paprika, for dusting

  • For the seasonings

  • olive oil

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • sea salt

  • black pepper

  • To serve

  • 1 bottle sparkling water, to serve

  • 1 orange, to serve

  • 1 bottle dry sherry, chilled, to serve

TO START Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Put a medium ovenproof frying pan (approx. 26cm) on a high heat and a small frying pan on a low heat. Turn the grill on to full whack. Put the standard blade attachment into the food processor.



TORTILLA Chop the potatoes into 1cm chunks. Put them into the medium ovenproof frying pan with a lug of olive oil and toss. Halve, peel and roughly chop the red onion. Once the potatoes have a good colour, add the onions to the pan along with the fennel seeds and mix well. Now get on with other jobs but remember to keep tossing the potatoes occasionally.



CHORIZO Slice the chorizo into 2cm rounds. Put into the small frying pan with a splash of olive oil and toss occasionally until golden and crisp.



PEPPERS Trim off the rind from the Manchego, then crumble into the food processor with a handful of torn up ciabatta, 50g of blanched almonds, the leaves from the bunch of thyme, a good pinch of salt & pepper and a swig of red wine vinegar. Whiz up until fine, then stuff inside the peppers – no need to pack it in. Once full, put them into a baking dish. Scatter any remaining breadcrumbs over the peppers. Top with the remaining thyme sprigs, drizzle with olive oil, then put on the middle shelf, under the grill, for 8 minutes. Rip the remaining ciabatta in half and take to the table.



MANCHEGO Lay the slices of cured meat on a board alongside the large wedge of Manchego. Drizzle a little honey over the cheese, then sprinkle over a pinch of ground coffee. Scatter a handful of black olives and a few leaves of thyme or oregano (if using) over the meat. Drizzle with a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle lightly with pepper and take to the table.



CHORIZO Lightly bash 2 unpeeled cloves of garlic with the heel of your hand or the bottom of a saucepan and add to the pan.



TORTILLA The potatoes should be lovely and golden by now, so turn the heat down to low. Crush 2 unpeeled cloves of garlic into the pan. Pick most of the rosemary leaves into the pan and stir. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper.



CHORIZO Carefully drain away most of the fat, leaving about 1 tablespoon of it behind. Add the red wine vinegar and runny honey and leave to reduce down to a really sticky glaze. Keep an eye on it, giving the pan a shake every so often so it doesn't catch.



TORTILLA Taste the potato mixture for seasoning, then crack the eggs directly into the pan and gently stir with a wooden spoon to create a marbled effect. Turn the heat up to medium. Once the eggs start to set around the sides, scatter the rest of the rosemary leaves on top and put under the grill on the top shelf for 3 to 5 minutes, or until set, golden and fluffy.



ANCHOVIES Put the anchovies into a nice serving bowl. Finely chop a few sprigs of parsley and sprinkle over. Finely grate over the zest of ½ the lemon, then drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil. Halve the cherry tomatoes and pile them next to the anchovies with a bunch of cocktail sticks.

The idea is to get everyone to make their own skewers. Add a pinch of paprika and take to the table.



TO SERVE Take the tortilla and stuffed peppers to the table. Pop a large handful of rocket next to the tortilla. Take the pan of sticky chorizo to the table. Serve with a jug of iced sparkling water filled with orange slices, and a chilled bottle of dry sherry.

Nutritional Information

Tapas feast: tortilla, glazed chorizo, manchego cheese, cured meats & honey, stuffed peppers, rolled anchovies

A proper Spanish spread

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Tapas is food made for sharing and this little lot will really impress when mates come round
Serves 6
30m
Super easy
Method



TO START Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Put a medium ovenproof frying pan (approx. 26cm) on a high heat and a small frying pan on a low heat. Turn the grill on to full whack. Put the standard blade attachment into the food processor.

TORTILLA Chop the potatoes into 1cm chunks. Put them into the medium ovenproof frying pan with a lug of olive oil and toss. Halve, peel and roughly chop the red onion. Once the potatoes have a good colour, add the onions to the pan along with the fennel seeds and mix well. Now get on with other jobs but remember to keep tossing the potatoes occasionally.

CHORIZO Slice the chorizo into 2cm rounds. Put into the small frying pan with a splash of olive oil and toss occasionally until golden and crisp.

PEPPERS Trim off the rind from the Manchego, then crumble into the food processor with a handful of torn up ciabatta, 50g of blanched almonds, the leaves from the bunch of thyme, a good pinch of salt & pepper and a swig of red wine vinegar. Whiz up until fine, then stuff inside the peppers – no need to pack it in. Once full, put them into a baking dish. Scatter any remaining breadcrumbs over the peppers. Top with the remaining thyme sprigs, drizzle with olive oil, then put on the middle shelf, under the grill, for 8 minutes. Rip the remaining ciabatta in half and take to the table.

MANCHEGO Lay the slices of cured meat on a board alongside the large wedge of Manchego. Drizzle a little honey over the cheese, then sprinkle over a pinch of ground coffee. Scatter a handful of black olives and a few leaves of thyme or oregano (if using) over the meat. Drizzle with a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle lightly with pepper and take to the table.

CHORIZO Lightly bash 2 unpeeled cloves of garlic with the heel of your hand or the bottom of a saucepan and add to the pan.

TORTILLA The potatoes should be lovely and golden by now, so turn the heat down to low. Crush 2 unpeeled cloves of garlic into the pan. Pick most of the rosemary leaves into the pan and stir. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper.

CHORIZO Carefully drain away most of the fat, leaving about 1 tablespoon of it behind. Add the red wine vinegar and runny honey and leave to reduce down to a really sticky glaze. Keep an eye on it, giving the pan a shake every so often so it doesn't catch.

TORTILLA Taste the potato mixture for seasoning, then crack the eggs directly into the pan and gently stir with a wooden spoon to create a marbled effect. Turn the heat up to medium. Once the eggs start to set around the sides, scatter the rest of the rosemary leaves on top and put under the grill on the top shelf for 3 to 5 minutes, or until set, golden and fluffy.

ANCHOVIES Put the anchovies into a nice serving bowl. Finely chop a few sprigs of parsley and sprinkle over. Finely grate over the zest of ½ the lemon, then drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil. Halve the cherry tomatoes and pile them next to the anchovies with a bunch of cocktail sticks.
The idea is to get everyone to make their own skewers. Add a pinch of paprika and take to the table.

TO SERVE Take the tortilla and stuffed peppers to the table. Pop a large handful of rocket next to the tortilla. Take the pan of sticky chorizo to the table. Serve with a jug of iced sparkling water filled with orange slices, and a chilled bottle of dry sherry.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 783
    39%
  • Carbs 47.8g
    18%
  • Sugar 16.3g 18%
  • Fat 50.2g 72%
  • Saturates 15.1g 76%
  • Protein 38.5g 86%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
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