18 February 2009

spanish pinchos 3 versions

version one: Pinchos Morunos












ingredients
pork cubes trimmed up, not tenderloin, use a joint or a couple of chops


2 tablespoons paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon cayenne, to taste

turmeric
garlic salt and pepper
good glug Spanish ev olive oil
  • cut pork meat into 1-inch cubes.
  • in a bowl, combine paprika, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper and ev olive oil.
  • marinade pork for a couple of hours or overnight.
  • preheat grill to medium high, or heat a cast iron pan on the hob.
  • thread pork cubes onto small wooden skewers.
  • grill or saute for about 10 minutes or so, turning repeatedly for even cooking.


version two: Barcelona Foodie's pinchos method, bbc messageboards

a pleasingly strong fennel flavour to these ones
serve with a tomato salad and a few chillies in vinegar (guindillas en vinagre- bottled) on the side.


1 pork fillet of 500g, trimmed of fat and sinew,
or 2 smaller fillets
sea salt and black pepper

For the marinade:

1/2 heaped tsp each of coriander seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds, all roughly ground

1 tsp sweet paprika

2 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste with salt

1/2 small bunch fresh oregano, roughly chopped, or 1 tsp dried oregano

1 bay leaf, crumbled or chopped very finely

1 tblsp red wine vinegar

1 tblsp olive oil
a good pinch saffron infused in 2 tblsp boiling water or 1 tsp 'colorante alimentario'- orange food colouring
  • Cut the pork into 3cm cubes and flatten them slightly.
  • Place the pork in a large mixing bowl and add the marinade dry spices, garlic, oregano, bay, vinegar and saffron water or colouring, and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the olive oil, toss again and leave in the fridge for 2 hours so the marinade flavours penetrate the meat.
  • When you are ready to eat, light the barbecue or turn the grill to high.
  • Thread the pork onto the skewers and cook for 2 minutes each side, until slightly charred on the outside and juicy inside.

serve with a tricolore salad, potato salad, or leaf
















three, a variation:
chicken



lime, ginger, garlic, green chillies, paprika, fresh coriander & turmeric

  • grill your skewers


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