More chorizo and potato! This time in quesadillas. Quesadillas are a huge hit in our house and very versatile, lovely fillings include refried beans, grated courgette (zucchini) and carrot, goats cheese and sun blush tomatoes. Potato and chorizo however are two of my favourite ingredients, so this is what I have used for this recipe which is one of my favourite meals of all time.
Serves 2 (with left overs for lunch!)
Freezing – Does not freeze, but makes great leftovers cold the next day
Chorizo 100g (the ring type, not the cooking sausage or the slices)
Potato x 1 large (or 2 small)
Red onion x 1
Grated mozzarella 100g (1 cup)
Dried chilli x 1 teaspoon (optional, leave out if you don’t like too much heat)
Salt and Pepper + extra salt for boiling potatoes
Olive oil x 2 Teaspoons + extra for greasing
Tortilla Bread Slices x 2
- Fill and boil the kettle
- Peel and cube the potatoes into 1.5 cm pieces and place in a saucepan
- Add the boiling water to the saucepan, salt the water and bring the potatoes back to the boil
- Lower the heat and simmer potatoes for about 5 minutes until they are just cooked, but still firm (important not to overcook at this point), then drain into a colander and set aside
- While the potatoes are boiling slice the onion finely
- Chop the chorizo into cubes – about 1cm
- Place chorizo in a non-stick pan and turn on the heat
- Cook the chorizo, stirring occasionally until you can no longer the see white fat and it has melted into oil within the pan.
- Remove the chorizo with a slotted spoon and set aside
- Add olive oil to the melted chorizo fat and heat on high
- Once boiling hot, reduce heat to medium
- Add cooked potatoes to the fat
- Whatever you do from this point onwards DO NOT STIR – it will turn the potatoes to mush
- Add salt and pepper
- Give the pan a good shake to coat the potatoes in oil
- Cook for 5 minutes, shaking once in-between
- Add the onion cook for 5 more minutes, shaking once or twice in-between
- By now the potatoes should have browned nicely and the onions should be soft
- Add the chorizo back to the pan cook for a few more minutes
- Turn off the heat cover and set aside
- If you are making guacamole prepare this now
- Next take a large frying pan and drizzle with a little olive oil
- Rub the oil in with kitchen roll so it covers the pan
- Place the frying pan on the highest heat
- Take a tortilla
- Put in on a plate
- Put half the chorizo potato mix and half the grated mozzarella on the right half of your tortilla, leaving the left half empty
- Fold the left half over the right half so you have a semi-circle filled with ingredients
- Do the same with the other tortilla using the other half of the ingredients
- Once the pan is hot turn the heat down to medium
- Slide both tortillas into the frying pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until they are crispy and browing (being careful not to burn)
- Once ready place on a chopping board and leave for a couple of minutes, then cut each one into four pieces – I find this is easier with a pizza slicer
- Serve with guacamole and salad – enjoy!
Who doesn’t love pizza? In our house we have it every Friday to mark the beginning of the weekend. I used to buy shop bought pizzas until I started making this brilliant recipe, which gives you all the taste, but at a fraction of the price. Most importantly it is really easy – so easy you don’t even have to hang around waiting for the dough to rise, but you still get pizzeria results. Perfect.
Makes two large pizzas or three medium pizzas
Freezes? Dough freezes well. See freezing section at the end
300g strong bread flour (+ extra for dusting tins)
1 x teaspoon salt (this is essential for the texture of the dough)
1 x teaspoon fast action yeast
1 x tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
200ml Warm water
100 ml passata
16 x thin slices of Napoli Salami
1 x ball mozzarella
2 x red chillies
2 x teaspoon fennel seeds
1 x pinch coarse black pepper
- Preheat oven to highest temperature
- Take a baking tray and place it upside down in the oven on a medium to high shelf
- Take another baking tray and make it non-stick by drizzling with oil. Rub oil in so it is spread evenly across the whole tray. Dust the whole tray with flour tapping away any excess on your clean work surface.
- Put the flour and yeast in a bowl and make a well
- Add 200ml of warm water
- Add the oil and salt
- Stir until ingredients are well combined
- Tip the mixture onto the dusted surface
- Knead for 10 minutes – the dough will feel cold and smooth when it is ready. Dust with extra flour if necessary to stop it sticking.
- When ready put it back in the bowl and cover with a tea towel while you prepare the other ingredients.
- Take the ball of mozzarella
- Squeeze out any excess water and pat dry with kitchen roll
- Tear the mozzarella into small pieces and set aside
- Slice the chillies into thin slices and set aside
- Take the dough and cut it in half (or three pieces if you are making medium pizzas)
- Roll into balls
- Place each ball onto the flour dusted work surface
- Take a rolling pin and roll each base into a large circle – the base should be very thin – approximately 4-5mm
- Place bases onto the floured tins
- Divide the passata and spread onto the pizza bases with the back of a spoon, leaving 1.5cm round the edges.
- Divide the torn mozzarella between the bases
- Add the salami, chillies, fennel seeds and black pepper
- Cover with foil being careful to lift it from the pizza so it doesn’t stick to the ingredients
- Put the pizza in the oven on top of the upside down baking tray, which will be very hot and act as an even surface for the pizza to cook. Cook for 10 minutes
- Remove the foil and cook for another 5 minutes
- When the base is cooked the pizza should easily slide of the tray onto your chopping board. Cook for slightly longer if it doesn’t.
- Cook the other pizza while you are enjoying the first.
- You can bake both at the same time by putting another turned baking tray onto a different shelf, but you will need to increase cooking times by about 5 minutes.
Make double or four times the amount you need. Roll each portion into balls and wrap in cling film greased with oil (see photo below). Freeze and defrost a few hours before needed.