Recipe donated by Aaron Craze from loveyourgreens.co.uk
The combination of savoy cabbage and chorizo is a famous one, and used in the cooking of both Spain and Portugal. The deep, red oils that ooze out of the chorizo sausage imparts a beautiful colour to the cabbage, as well as the deep, smoky flavour of paprika. A great way to serve this dish is with plain boiled rice, either mixed in or on the side.
1. Place the rice in a pan of boiling water and cook for 10-12 minutes, depending on the instructions on the packet. When the rice is soft, drain and set aside.
2. Wash and trim the savoy cabbage, and slice the leaves very thinly. Discard the tough stalks. Peel and finely chop the shallots and the garlic. Slice the chorizo into thin slices.
3. In a heavy sauté pan, heat some olive oil. Sweat the onions and the garlic with some sea salt and pepper until soft. Then add the bay leaves, the thin cabbage slices, the chorizo slices and a small amount of water. Stir well, and continue to cook, over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
4. Add the boiled rice, and mix well. Taste for seasoning, and add more sea salt and grated black pepper if necessary.
5. Just before serving, remove the bay leaves from the pan. Serve hot.
Kids in the kitchen:
Teach the children to cook rice using the mug trick: 1 big mug of rice is enough to feed a family of 4. Get the kids to pour 1 mug rice and 2 mugs water into a pan and then you can bring it to the boil and simmer away until the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked. Kids will also love shredding the cabbage. They can use a child-friendly knife, clean scissors, or you can just give them small strips of cabbage to tear with their hands!
Aaron Craze was one of the second group of trainees from Channel 4's Jamie's Kitchen programme. Aaron left school with no formal qualifications and worked in several jobs before applying to become a trainee in Jamie Oliver's London restaurant, Fifteen, graduating from its Chef Training Programme with merit. Since then Aaron has worked at restaurants including London's The Ivy and has appeared in television programmes including Junior Bake-Off.