A favourite on the tapas scene I was keen to try and recreate the taste of this dish in a soup, inspired by one of mum's gifts to Rich, some gorgeous Pimentón de la Vera as part of a Christmas present, I was determined it's first use would be a tasty one. Plus the packaging is right up my street and very kitsch but the wonderful smoky sweet smell that rises from the open tin is heavenly.
|Some of Reg the Veg's wares|
1 small onion
1 crushed clove of garlic
2 large potatoes chopped into cubes
1 pepper chopped into pieces
Half a ring of chorizo chopped into bits
2-3 chargrilled peppers from a jar chopped finely
2-3 beef tomatoes chopped small
A good squeeze of tomato puree
2-3 teaspoons of pimenton
1 and a half pints of chicken stock
A good helping of chilli flakes, a pinch of cumin plus healthy shakes of salt and pepper
So I chopped a small onion, and two inches of the chorizo ring and let that sizzle away with the chilli flakes, I then added all the vegetables, puree, spices and then the stock. I let this cook happily away with the lid on for about an hour and then let it cool whilst I went to pilates class. When I returned I used my hand blender to blitz the soup into a puree then I added some more chopped chorizo whilst I heated it up to serve with some crusty bread. It was very easy indeed and I was glad that it tasted just like patatas bravas, it fed me for lunch today and will tomorrow as well.
|Close up, with crackers topped with brie and caramelised onion chutney|