Patatas bravas/Mushrooms with blue cheese/Garlic shrimps/Chorizo in red wine

These are some of my favourite tapas menu dishes that I like to replicate at home. They are great for evenings when you have friends over and want some easy going sharing dishes.

 
Patatas bravas

For the potatoes
10 small potatoes halved
50ml olive oil or 50g of pork fat
1g salt and a few twists of pepper
Place the potatoes in an oven proof dish, drizzle with the oil and season with the salt and pepper cook at 210c (fan) 220c (normal)
Cook for 30 mins or until brown and crispy

For the sauce
100ml passata
10ml sherry vinegar
1 clove garlic finely sliced
1 shallot finely chopped
6 small fresh tomatoes or 3 normal sized finely chopped (use 100g tinned when not in season)
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon tomato puree
Salt and pepper to taste
10ml oil
Fry off the shallot and garlic in the oil on a low heat until soft, add the tomato puree and smoked paprika and stir through and cook for a further 5 mins
Next add the tomatoes and passata and cook for about 15 mins or until the tomatoes have started to soften
Add the sherry vinegar and stir through for about 1-2mins
Season to taste and serve with the crispy potatoes

Prawns with Garlic

10 large king prawns shell on
2 cloves of garlic finely sliced
10ml olive oil
20ml vermouth
salt and pepper to taste

10g fresh parsely to garnish

Add the oil and garlic to a pan and cook on a very low heat for 10 minutes to allow the oil to infuse
Turn the heat to medium and add the prawns and cook for 1 – 2 mins each side
Turn the heat up high and add the vermouth and cook for a further 1-2 mins
Season with the salt and pepper before serving and sprinkle with the parsely

Chorizo in red wine and port


100g chorizo sliced
20ml port
50ml red wine

Add the chorizo to a warm pan and cook until it starts to release it’s oils (about 4-5 mins) on medium heat
Turn the heat up to high and add the wine and port and cook for 1-2 mins until the sauce reduces

Mushrooms with blue cheese

2 portobello mushrooms quartered      
70g blue cheese such as gorgonzola dolce or stilton
20ml white wine
10ml olive oil

Place the mushrooms in a baking dish and drizzle with the oil
Dot with the cheese and place in a pre warmed oven at 170C (fan) 180c(normal) for 15 mins
Add the wine and bake for a further 5 mins

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