I have a long list of places I’d like to visit one day and Catalonia is one of them. The architecture, the food, the weather … what’s not to love. It’s also known for producing really good wine, so when the Catalan Tourist Board sent me two fantastic bottles of vino from the Torres Family Winery, I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen and do some cooking with them.
When we have people round to our house, I always like to put some food out and crostini tends to go down really well. You can add any topping really, depending on what your friends like, and they’re quick and easy to make. For this recipe, I combined chorizo with Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, which made 12 crostini. For this recipe you will need:
- 1 small sourdough baguette, sliced very thinly
- 2 tbsps of olive oil
- 175g of chorizo
- 1.5 tbsps of Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1 tsp of sherry vinegar
- A pinch of chilli flakes
- 50g of manchego cheese
- A handful of fresh parsley
- Pre-heat the oven to 180c. Brush each side of the sliced baguette with olive oil and place on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until hard and cracker like.
- Chop the chorizo into small pieces. Heat a little olive in a frying pan and add the chorizo. Cook for 5 minutes on a high heat to help the chorizo crisp up. Now add the wine, sherry vinegar and chilli flakes. Cook for a further two minutes and season to taste.
- Take the chorizo off the heat and toss in some chopped parsley. Place a spoonful of the chorizo on each crostini and grate over a little manchego cheese.
These taste equally as good cold as they do hot. Because the crotini takes on the consistency of a cracker when baked, you can prepare these well before your guests arrive.
I’ve never cooked chorizo with wine before, but the flavours in the Cabernet Sauvignon really complimented the spicy sausage. It was also the perfect red to drink with these canapes. Now having had a little taste of Catalonia, I hope I get to visit soon. By the sounds of it, I imagine I’d have a brilliant time.
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