Season 01 - Episode 01
This Portugese-inspired menu is bursting with Mediterranean flavour. But the best bit? The recipes allow for seconds!
SERVES 4 (WITH 2 TARTS LEFT OVER)
4 large chicken thighs, preferably higher welfare, skin on and bone in
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
6 sprigs of thyme
1 x 100g bag of pre-washed wild rocket
PIRI PIRI SAUCE
½ red onion
2 cloves of garlic
1-2 bird's-eye chillies
1tbsp sweet smoked paprika
2tbsp white wine vinegar
1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
A bunch of fresh basil
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper
1 medium potato
2 sweet potatoes
1 fresh red chilli
A bunch of fresh coriander
50g (1¾oz) feta cheese
TARTS (MAKES 6)
Plain flour, for dusting
1 x 375g pack of prerolled puff pastry
125g (4½oz) créme fraîche
1tsp vanilla paste or vanilla extract
5tbsp golden caster sugar
TO START: Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Turn the oven on to 200C/ gas 6. Put a large griddle pan on a high heat.
CHICKEN: Put the chicken thighs on a plastic chopping board, skin side down, and slash the meat on each one a few times. Drizzle with olive oil and season, then put on the griddle pan that is heating up, skin side down. Cook until golden underneath, then turn over. Wash your hands.
TARTS: Dust a surface with flour. Unroll the pastry, then cut it in half so you have two 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in) squares (put one in the fridge for another day). Sprinkle over a few pinches of ground cinnamon, then roll the pastry into a Swiss-roll shape and cut into 6 rounds.
Put these into 6 of the holes in a muffin tin, and use your thumbs to mould the pastry into the holes, so the bottom is flat and the pastry comes up to the top. Put on the top shelf of the oven and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly golden.
POTATOES: Wash the potato and sweet potatoes and halve lengthways. Put them into a large microwave-safe bowl with ½ a lemon. Cover with clingfilm and put into the microwave on full power for 15 minutes.
CHICKEN: Turn the chicken over.
TARTS: Spoon the créme fraîche into a small bowl. Add the egg, vanilla paste or extract, 1tbsp golden caster sugar and the zest of 1 orange. Mix well.
PIRI PIRI SAUCE: Peel and roughly chop the red onion and add to the liquidiser with 2 peeled cloves of garlic. Add the chillies (stalks removed), 1tbsp paprika, the zest of 1 lemon and juice of ½ a lemon. Add 2tbsp white wine vinegar, 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce, a good pinch of salt and pepper, the bunch of basil and a swig of water. Blitz until smooth.
CHICKEN: Slice the peppers into strips and add to the griddle pan. Turn the heat down to medium and keep moving the peppers around.
TARTS: Take the muffin tin out of the oven, and use a teaspoon to press the puffed-up pastry back to the sides and make room for the filling. Spoon the créme fraîche mixture into the tart cases, and return to the top shelf of the oven. Set the timer for 8 minutes.
CHICKEN: Pour the piri piri sauce into a snug-fitting roasting tray. Lay the peppers on top and put aside. Add the chicken to the roasting tray with the sauce. Scatter over the sprigs of thyme, then put the tray into the middle of the oven.
TARTS: Put a small saucepan on a high heat. Squeeze in the juice from the zested orange and add 4tbsp golden caster sugar. Stir and keep a good eye on it, but remember caramel can burn badly so don't touch or taste.
POTATOES: Finely chop the red chilli and most of the coriander on a board, mixing as you go. Add the feta and keep chopping and mixing.
CHICKEN: Take the tarts out of the oven and move the chicken up to the top shelf to cook for around 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
TARTS: Pour some caramel over each tart (they'll still be wobbly). Put aside to set.
SALAD: Quickly dress the rocket, still in its bag, with extra virgin olive oil, a good pinch of salt and pepper and the juice of ½ a lemon.Tip into a bowl and take to the table.
POTATOES: Check the potatoes are cooked through, then use tongs to squeeze over the cooked lemon. Add the coriander mixture from the chopping board and mix everything together. Season, then take to the table.
TO SERVE: Get the tray of chicken out of the oven, sprinkle over a few coriander leaves and take straight to the table.