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Chorizo and Cabernet Sauvignon crostini

Chorizo crostiniI 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 Chorizo crostini 2
  • 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.

Chorizo crostini 3I’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.

Chorizo crostini 4

Have you visited Catalonia? What did you like most about it?

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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I have been to Catalan, but when I was so young I can’t remember it! Obviously, I need to go back. These crostini look delicious! The perfect thing to serve as canapes for guests (although I’d also like to make them just for me!!). xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Miranda! They do work really well as canapes or to put out alongside some antipasti when I’m feeling to lazy to cook anything properly ;-)

  • http://wildheartsandgreentea.com/ Wild Hearts + Green Tea

    Crostini is definitely the perfect snack when you have people over and I love having it as a light lunch every now and then as well, it’s so good and simple! :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re so right, it makes just as good a light lunch as it does a snack when people are coming over. It’s so simple and the topping are so versatile x

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    Those look amazing! I’ve never been to Catalan!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thank you! If all Catalonian food tastes like this, I can’t wait to visit x

  • http://www.akeanesenseofadventure.com/ Christine | A Keane Sense

    This looks so good and perfect to make for parties! Count me in for anything that involves wine lol

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Sounds like you and I share the same opinion Christine! Have a great weekend x

  • http://www.specsandsparkles.blogspot.com/ Jen E

    Oh my lord… I’m off to raid the fridge / cupboards for something spanish! Great post.

    specsandsparkles <3 xx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Jen. Isn’t Spanish food just the best?x

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

    Thanks Gianni! I can vouch for the fact that these make for a great movie snack ;-)