Meaty white fish, clams and chorizo are a classic combination in this tapa dish. Serve with a glass of chilled manzanilla sherry.
2 x trimmed and cleaned darnes of hake, about 200g/7oz each
olive oil, for cooking
125g/4½oz hot cooking chorizo, peeled and diced
1 small banana shallot, peeled and diced
16 surf clams, washed
50ml/2fl oz manzanilla sherry
50ml/2fl oz white wine
25g/1oz unsalted butter
1 sprig flat leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped
lemon juice, to taste
For the mash, place the potatoes in a pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Simmer until the potatoes are tender and then drain well and push through a ricer.
Return the potatoes to the pan over a low heat and then stir in the butter and cream. Season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper then slowly whisk in the olive oil until thoroughly combined. Set the pan aside in a warm place.
For the hake, heat a non-stick pan over a high heat and add a splash of olive oil. Season the hake darnes with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and place them in the pan.
Sear on one side for two minutes, turn onto the other side and add the chorizo, shallots and clams.
Cook for a further minute until the chorizo has started to release its oil and the clams have started to open.
Drain off a little of the oil then add the sherry and wine. Bring to the boil and reduce the sauce then turn the hake again and add the butter and parsley.
Stir the sauce to emulsify it, scraping the sediment from the bottom of the pan to add extra flavour. The sauce should have a syrupy consistency and the hake cooked through – the flesh should be opaque when a small knife is inserted near the bone. Check the sauce for seasoning and add a squeeze of lemon juice.
To serve, spoon some of the mash onto a serving plate, top with the hake, spoon over the sauce and scatter around the clams and chorizo.
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James Martin is joined by chefs Tom Kitchin and Luke Matthews, and guest Mary Berry.
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