|Food of champions!|
But in the end, I avoided the obvious pizza- and paella-based hybrids and decided to do something based on one of my favourite tapas dishes - Patatas Bravas.
Instead of the usual mini roast potatoes, I brought in the Italian connection by using gnocchi, and then added meaty representatives from both nations by topping it with seared chorizo and some Parma ham.
Eagle-eyed followers will realise that this preperation of the gnocchi also appears in my recipe for Gnocchi-stuffed peppers - and I shan't apologise for that as it's a great way to cook the stuff!
Gnocchi Bravas with Chorizo and Parma Ham
Fresh Gnocchi, as much as you wish to eat
Garlic, 2-3 cloves, you know the score...
Tomato puree, a decent squeeze
Red wine vinegar
(Note that the Bravas sauce could be prepared in advance and then reheated)
Heat a little olive oil and fry the onion, garlic and chilli (which should all be cut very finely) and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, before adding the tomatoes (fresh and pureed), the wine vinegar and the paprika.
Simmer on a low heat, diluting with water or wine vinegar if necessary, until the sauce is thick, red and tasty. Season with salt to taste.
|Looking good. Very good.|
The gnocchi should be fried in butter until soft and fluffy, and once it's done, take it off the heat and stir in some Parmesan, ensure it gets nicely coated and goes all gooey.
Meanwhile, cut your chorizo into pieces about an inch and a half long, and then quarter them length-ways, so you get bits that look like they represent 25% on a very tall three-dimensional pie chart, if that makes sense.
Dry-sear them on both exposed faces in a very hot pan and at the last minute chuck in the parma ham slices, to warm them up a bit.
When everything is ready, plate up the gnocchi, add the hot sauce on top, and then decoratively arrange a few chunks of chorizo and slices of Parma ham on top.
Sprinkle a few chopped chives on, and you're done.
Spain vs Italy. And with food this tasty, everybody wins.