Chorizo and clams

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Author Notes: This recipe was inspired by a tapas dish I ate at Toma Restaurant in Santa Barbara. Clams and chorizo are served all over Spain and Portugual, with many different versions. This is my take on a this classic dish.Kim at Something New For Dinner

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Serves 6

  • 2 1/2 cups dry white wine, divided
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 pound yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sweet Spanish smoked paprika
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 ounces jar roasted piquillo peppers or roasted red peppers, reserve liquid
  • 3/4 pound fresh chorizo sausage
  • 2 pounds fresh live clams
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley or cilantro
  • 1 lemon, cut in 6 wedges
  1. Pour ¼ cup wine into a small bowl and add pinch of saffron. Set aside.
  2. Place potatoes in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until just fork tender, about 12-15 minutes. Drain potatoes and let cool. When cool to the touch, slip off skins and dice into ¾ inch chunks. Set aside.
  3. Heat 2 T olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed sauté pan, or dutch oven. Add onions and garlic and sauté for about five minutes, until they begin to soften. Sprinkle with paprika and continue to cook another minute. Add tomatoes and salt, and cook for about 7-8 minutes until tomatoes release their juices. Add piquillo peppers and cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Slice the sausage in half lengthwise and peel off the sausage skin. Chop the sausage into bite-sized pieces. If your pan is large enough, push the onion, pepper mixture to the sides of the pan and brown the sausage in the middle for about 6 minutes, stirring periodically. If your pan is smaller, remove the onion pepper mixture and brown the sausage. Once the sausage is browned, add the onion and peppers back to the pan.
  5. Add the potatoes to the sausage, pepper, onion mixture and stir to thoroughly coat the potatoes. At this point you can set the mixture aside until you are 10 minutes from serving.
  6. When you are ready to serve, reheat the onion, sausage, peppers and potatoes. Add remaining 2 cups of wine, reserved liquid from piquillo peppers, saffron threads soaking in wine, and clams and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer until clams have opened, about 7 minutes. Do not overcook or clams will be tough. Discard any clams that have not opened. Sprinkle with chopped parsley or cilantro. Serve in shallow bowls with a squeeze of lemon and crusty bread to soak up the broth.

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