Patatas con Chorizo

Potatoes with chorizo  – I made these recently as an appetizer, but I was so glad that I made too much because they were really good heated up with my dinner the next night.  This one is really easy to make.

I got the recipe out of Rohan Daft’s Menu del Dia cookbook, and made a few changes to the original recipe:  I cooked the chorizo first and soaked up a lot of the fat that came off of them.   Rather than the dried peppers the recipe called for, I used a few pimento del piquillo a friend gave me from Spain.  I also made a smaller recipe.

What you need:

1-2 dry-cured chorizo, chopped

5-6 small white potatoes, cut in half or quarters (I left the skins on)

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 dried mild red pepper, or 2 chopped roasted red peppers, or 1 teaspoon paprika

1 bay leaf

boiling water

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

sea salt

What you do:

1.  Cook the chopped chorizo for a few minutes in a frying pan, then drain on paper towels.  Remove the excess fat from the frying pan.

2.  Heat the olive oil on medium-low heat, then add the chopped onion, stirring well and cooking for about 10 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for a few more minutes, so the onion is soft but not browned.

3.  Add the potatoes and stir until they are coated in oil.  Add the chorizo, peppers and bay leaf, and stir well.  Cover with boiling water and simmer for 30 minutes, or until most of the liquid has disappeared.  Give it a stir every now and then, but do it carefully so you don’t break the potatoes.

4.  Remove the bay leaf and sprinkle on some salt and the chopped parsley.  Serve it up hot!

Feel free to leave a comment if you like the sounds of this, if you try it out, or if I’ve made any mistakes!

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