I enjoy making canapés. They are served with cocktails before the meal and are intended to give your guests an idea and taste of what is to come. They can be complex or simple and easy to prepare. This particular recipe has a few elements, but is not difficult to cook and assemble.

For the Chorizo:

slice 6 small chorizo sausages and follow the cooking guidelines below:

Place your chorizo on a baking tray and pour a generous amount of red wine over. Bake on 200C for 20 minutes until piping hot.

Cut 2 monkfish fillets into squares and follow the below cooking guidelines.

Cooking Fish:

Use plenty of oil in the pan

Get the oil really hot

Season the skin of the fish with a generous pinch of salt (or both sides if using skinless fish)

When the oil is starting to smoke, pop the fish- skin side down into the pan

Check after approximately 3-4 minutes

You are looking for the skin to be golden brown and crispy (or the meat if using skinless cut)

Flip the fish over and finish cooking

To check if fish is cooked, check the flakes are defined, you do not want them to be

falling apart, and the flesh is firm

You can also bake your fish- just place on a baking tray, seasoned skin side up and

pop into a hot oven (190C) for 10-15 minutes- depending on the size

Guacamole

2 mild chillies, finely chopped

Bunch of coriander, chopped

1 tomato, finely chopped

Salt to taste

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

Juice of 1/2 lime

2 ripe avocados

In a pestle and mortar, pound the chillies, coriander, tomatoes, salt and onion to a fine paste.

Cube the avocado flesh and keep in a bowl with the lime juice to prevent the avocado from discolouring

Place the chorizo slices on a platter, top with the fish and guacamole and use a skewer to hold them together.

Enjoy at room temperature!

Chorizo canapes


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