Skate Cheeks with Chorizo and Pea Linguini with Lemon and Parsley - Recipes
Cup full of peas
Half a cup of flour
Get a frying pan onto the heat and begin by chopping your Chorizo into 1/4 cm rounds, when done add them to the pan on a gentle heat and begin to fry (you don’t need any Olive Oil at this point). Whilst the Chorizo is frying cut your Skate cheeks into halves or the bigger cheeks into thirds place them in a bowl, season and then sprinkle with flour making sure they are completely coated. Once the Chorizo has browned on both sides, remove from the pan and place on a warm plate. Now add a little extra oil and turn up the heat, once hot put the fish into the pan and fry your Skate cheeks until brown. You want to cook them quick on the outside leaving the middle of the fish pieces slightly undercooked. Remove them from the pan and place on the warm plate alongside the Chorizo. Now fry your Shallots, quick as you can but without browning them. Once the Shallots are translucent add the glass of wine and begin to reduce. Meanwhile add your peas to the pasta (they’ll only take 1 minute) It’s all happening now so I hope your plates are warm!
To the frying pan add the juice of the whole Lemon, the chopped Parsley and a ladel or two of the cooking stock from the pasta (enough to make a suitable amount of sauce) and stir in your Crème Fraiche - let the sauce bubble away – check the seasoning at this point. By now your pasta should be cooked (you’ll want it al dente). Drain the pasta and peas and then add them to your sauce. Toss the pasta in the sauce and then stir in the Chorizo and Skate Cheeks (be gentle with the Cheeks and try and keep the pieces whole). Your ready to serve!! Tower the linguini in the centre of two plates making sure that equal amounts of Chorizo, Skate Cheeks and Peas on each plate, then dress the two plates in the sauce.. Finish with a little more Parsley and serve immediately!
This is a lovely dish!! The Skate Cheeks are plump and rich enough to hold up to the Chorizo, the sweet peas fill the mouth with a vegetable sweetness whilst the Parsley and Lemon Juice cut through them all and unite all of the ingredients – delicious!
If you can’t get Skate Cheeks then you can use Monkfish or something like that, but do try and if you are lucky enough to have a good fishmongers it could simply be a matter of him asking the fisherman to save them for you!
Let me know what you think!
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