This is a pretty standard flavour combination, the film is almost undetectable but adds a strong complementary chorizo flavour to the thyme infused corn soup. Another contributing factor is taking a proportion of the corn and frying it to within an inch of it's life, giving it a charred savoury popcorn-esque dimension to the flavour of the soup! It usually goes down pretty well!
|Flavour 2: Chorizo (pronounced cho-ree-tho)|
8 cobs sweet corn (if you're going to use tinned use 4 tins unsweetened corn 280g each)
4 tbsp EVO
1.0 litre veg/chicken stock (or 2 pints water + 2 stock cubes)
10g lemon thyme
1 tsp table salt
250 ml double cream
1 large onion (finely chopped)
75g chorizo diced
50ml milk (semi skimmed fine)
150ml single cream
|Lemon thyme imparts a wonderful fresh depth to the soup.|
Blend 3/4 of the corn until smooth and put aside.
Put stock, and cream in pot with bouquet garni of thyme and extra virgin olive oil.
Set to boil, then simmer for 20 mins to infuse with the lemon thyme.
|Charring the sweetcorn adds an extra facet to the flavour.|
Blast the charred corn and onion in blender until smooth.
The chorizo film is an infused cream:
Pan fry finely chopped chorizo, let the fat seep out, add the cream and mix simmering to soak up the flavour of the chorizo for about 10 minutes, after which it will have taken the colour of the paprika from the chorizo, blend the mix, if the mix is a little too thick to sieve return it to the pan and add a little milk to loosen it, then sieve it, squeezing the mix down with a wooden spoon to extract as much flavour as possible.
Put it into a squeazy bottle and, once cooled, into the fridge until ready for use.
TIP: If you want to make a chorizo and leek pie you can get away with not blending the chorizo and cream, simply loosen it and sieve it and keep the chorizo back to mix with leek for a nice pie filler!
|Serve me! serve me!|
Finally remove the bouquet garni from the stock and add all the sweetcorn purée. Bring to the boil and simmer not more than 10 minutes or the colour will become dull.
|Here you can see the cream starting to spread to form the film.|
This is a version we did in partnership with Unearthed for Action Against Hunger
|Me thinks this one sneaked past quality control - served in a bit of a rush! Ahem!|
We used Unearthed spanish chorizo, pre-sliced.
You can find the whole 8 course menu we served here.