I have to admit, I love anything that is Spanish and I love chorizo and whenever I cook something with chorizo I recall all my trips to Spain. It is the most popular spanish sausage, not very spicy but really full of flavour, often an ingredient of spanish tapas (appetizers). Tapas are at the very heart of Spanish lifestyle and culture and they make for such a  great experience. Spaniards would very often go out for few tapas to awaken their appetite before heading out for real supper. I remember on my last visit to Spain I visited  my friend Natalia in her home-town region La Rioja. She took me out to few bars in which we got to try free small tapas with every drink ordered, and I really loved the idea. I can still remember it years later like it was last night.

So, chorizo is a star of today's super simple dish. Love the combination of flavours garlic, lemon, chickpeas, basil and chorizo, preparation time is very short, after frying all the ingredients serve immediately with fresh baguette and drop of olive oil. Recipe comes from my favourite Celebrity Chef - Dona Summer and one of her recent cook books - "Fast, fresh simple".

for 2 portions:

  • 300g chorizo
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • tbs lemon zest
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • can 400g chickpeas
  • tbs lemon juice
  • few basil leaves
  • salt, pepper

Heat a non-sticky frying pan over medium-high heat. Add sliced chorizo and cook for 3 minutes each side or until it is golden and crisp. Peel and slice garlic add to the pan along with lemon zest and cook for 1 minute. Cut in fours tomatoes, place in a sieve and release from the excess juice and  seeds. Add the tomatoes and drained chickpeas to the pan and cook, stirring for 3 minutes. Stir through the basil and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper.