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Mussels with chorizo & spiced fries 1

One of our least favourite kitchen jobs is scrubbing mussels but they’re always worth it in the end. This chorizo sauce and spicy fries make a great casual dinner.

Wine Suggestion: Chill a Spanish red for 30-40 minutes. A good choice could be the Jesus Romero Rubus, and unoaked blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha & Syrah which has a brilliant purity and drive. Alternately, and contradicting our initial thoughts, a big robust Ribera del Duero, the Condado de Haza also worked a treat chilled down with this dish.

  • 250g skinny oven fries
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • olive oil
  • 125g chorizo, diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 200ml white wine
  • 125g tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 1kg mussels, cleaned

Heat the oven to whatever heat suggested on the pack of fries. Toss the fries with 1 tsp of the paprika and some seasoning, spread out on an oven tray and cook until crispy.

Put 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pan that you have tight-fitting lid for. Add the chorizo and fry until crispy, then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion, garlic, 1 tsp of paprika, chilli and thyme springs to the pan. Cook over a low heat until softened, then turn the heat up, return the chorizo to the pan and add the wine, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar, lots of black pepper and a little salt. Simmer for 2 minutes.

Stir the mussels into the chorizo sauce, cover with a lid and steam for 3-4 minutes, shaking now and then, until the mussels have opened. Serve in bowls with the spicy fries on the side.

(Original recipe from BBC Olive Magazine, July 2014.)

Mussels with chorizo & spiced fries 2

 

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A mid-week creation that satisfies on flavour without any excess in calories or expense. Very like the Hungarian style of Goulash – much more soup like than a stew, so use a spoon to eat this!

Easy Goulash – to serve 4

  • 1tbsp vegetable oil 
  • 300g stir-fry strips, or minute steak cut into strips
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 500g potatoes, peeled and cut into smallish chunks
  • 600ml hot beef stock
  • 500g jar tomato-based cooking sauce
  • handful of parsley, chopped
  • natural yoghurt – to serve

Heat half the oil in a non-stick pan and fry the beef for a couple of minutes. Do this in batches so the beef fries rather than stews. Remove the meat from the pan, add a the rest of the oil and fry the mushrooms for a few minutes or until they start to brown.

Sprinkle the paprika into the pan and fry briefly, then add potatoes, stock and tomato sauce. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the potato chunks are tender. Add the beef back to the pan to warm through. Stir in the parsley and serve with some natural yogurt (if you’re not trying to keep this under 300 calories).

Wine Suggestion: We had a good Rioja Crianza with this and found the juicy fruit and flavours really matched the rich tomatoes and paprika well (well we would have if it hadn’t been a fast day on our diet!)

(Original recipe from BBC Good Food)

 

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