This Spanish dish of Chorizo & Prawns in Fino Sherry is the perfect communal food. I'm big into sharing plates - it's how 90% of my meals are presented. I love a full table of dishes that people can weave their arms around - picking, dipping and pouring to create all manner of combinations of flavours.
I also like to serve a dish in one pot or pan that becomes the communal trough (for want of a better word). It looks great, keeps the food hot and saves on washing up - what's not to love?
I ate a lot of communal food in Spain - delightful paellas, char grilled meats, salads and stews. Of course, there's also the communal style food of Tapas, which made Spanish cuisine the envy of the World. It seems, in Spain that eating together and sharing food together is in the blood.
This dish of prawns and chorizo is a thing of beauty and wonder. Nobody can prepare you for just how amazingly the sweet, smoky Spanish chorizo works with sweet, delicate prawns. On paper, it will never work - pork and seafood! Sounds gross, yes? Hell no, it's divine!
A Fino romance
When you combine these two great flavours with a third, quintessentially Spanish flavour, Fino sherry - you're in unchartered realms of flavour. It's a flavour combination unlike anything else - earthy, sweet, fruity and musky - a flavour bomba!
The flavour is obviously what makes this a success, but it's also in one pan, so you lose none of the cooking magic, long after the chorizo and prawns are devoured - you'll be fighting and nudging for every last onion, every last bit of garlic and drip of oil. Bread enables you to scoop and mop all this dish has to offer. I swear, I've tried to wipe off the non-stick of the pan for more of this sauce.
This is why there's quite a lot of extra virgin olive oil added at the end - it's for your own good, I swear - it prolongs the experience by valuable minutes. Trust in me.
That's all you need. This pan of Authentic Spanish greatness and a good loaf of crusty bread. And maybe a salad, to cut through all the richness. It's one of my easiest and tastiest Spanish dishes to make at home.
What does Fino Sherry Mean? It translates as 'refined Sherry'.
What is Fino Sherry? Fino Sherry is a dry Spanish sherry wine. It's the driest of sherry varieties with a crisp, nutty and lightly tangy flavour.
I don't have Fino Sherry. What can I use instead? You can substitute with a dry white wine, dry port wine, dry marsala even a crisp, dry cider. Taste it first and don't use if it's sweet. It will not taste good! The best option is a good dry white wine.
What is Chorizo? Spanish Sausage! Made with pork, and flavoured generously with smoked Paprika. It comes in mild and spicy varieties. Both are suitable for this recipe.
Which type of Chorizo should I use? For this recipe I suggest cured chorizo - you'll know it's cured because it's hard, like salami.
I don't have chorizo. What can I use instead? You can use Italian salami, andouille or any other cured sausage - just be aware it will change the flavour. If you do use another type, add a little more smoked paprika to help with the Spanish flavour.
1tspsmoked Spanish paprika (mild or spicy - you decide)
1tbspfresh oregano or thyme (chopped)
500gfresh prawns (peeled & deveined)
1cupFino sherry (dry)
Salt & pepper
1/2cupfresh flat-leaf parsley (chopped)
1/2lemon (juice of)
In a large frying pan over a moderate heat, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the onion and let this fry for 1-2 minutes.
Add the chorizo, and garlic and let this sizzle for 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly.
Add the paprika, oregano and then prawns and stir for 1 minute before adding the Fino sherry. Let the sherry bubble for 1-2 minutes to completely burn off the alcohol. Add around 1/2 cup water and continue to bubble.
Cook the sauce, shaking the pan regularly to reduce the sauce by half (about 4 minutes)
Pour in the remaining oil
(I KNOW! It sounds like a lot of oil, but trust me - you'll be dipping your bread into this with wanton abandon, minutes from now so you'll thank me).
Let the oil cook for 10-20 seconds then remove from the heat. You are almost done.
Season with salt & pepper. Use salt with caution as chorizo can be salty, so just taste before to see if it needs any.
Squeeze over the lemon juice and sprinkle generously with parsley. Now go feed like a wolf!
Chorizo & Prawns in Fino Sherry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 923Calories from Fat 603
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Vitamin A 1199IU24%
Vitamin C 33mg40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course | Main Course
Cuisine | Spanish
Keyword | Chorizo & Shrimp, Sharing plates, Tapas
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By Lee|2020-12-02T19:05:21-08:00December 6th, 2019|