Pan-fried mackerel, chorizo-braised leeks and shallot crisps


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  • 2 mackerel fillets, skin scored several times using a sharp knife
  • 25g of unsalted butter
  • 1 leek, cut into 1cm slices
  • 110g of chorizo sausage, skin removed and sliced
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp of chicken stock, heated
  • 2 banana shallots, peeled and sliced into rings
  • 1 tbsp of plain flour
  • 250ml of vegetable oil, plus 1 tbsp extra
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
Heat the butter in a medium-sized, deep-sided frying pan over a medium heat. When the butter is foaming, add the leeks and season with a half-teaspoon of salt. Fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the leeks have softened and are golden-brown
  • 25g of unsalted butter
  • 1 leek
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
Add the chorizo and smoked paprika and continue to fry for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chorizo has browned and is crisp
Add the stock and bring the mixture to a simmer. Continue to simmer gently for a further 3-4 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated
  • 3 tbsp of chicken stock
Meanwhile for the shallots, heat the 250ml oil in a deep, heavy-based frying pan. Alternatively, heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer to 140°C/Gas mark 1
  • 250ml of vegetable oil
Sprinkle the flour onto a plate. Dredge the shallot rings in the flour until completely coated
When the oil is hot, carefully lower the shallot rings into the oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on kitchen paper. Once drained, season with another half-teaspoon of the salt, then set aside and keep warm
Meanwhile, heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Season the mackerel fillets all over with the remaining half-teaspoon of salt
When the oil is hot, place the seasoned mackerel fillets, skin-sides down, into the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and golden-brown and more than half of the mackerel flesh has turned opaque
Remove the pan from the heat, then turn the mackerel fillets over and allow to cook through on the residual heat for a further 1-2 minutes
To serve, spoon the leek and chorizo mixture into the centre of each of two serving plates. Place some of the crisp shallot rings on top of each portion. Place one mackerel fillet on top of each
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