Bariloche and Chicken Stuffed with Romesco Sauce and Paella.

It was a night like no other (dramatic music played) (also similar nights have occurred). This story is not for the faint hearted

It started off as a normal night. My girlfriend and I were about to make a chicken dish – fajitas (that may be fictional. I can’t remember the chicken dish). I picked up the pack of chicken and grabbed the closest knife. I lunged and stabbed the packet, not just once, but twice!! (two exclamations to emphasize the two stabs). The chicken package film burst open with the package innards (chicken breasts) showing. Before I was about to do the next unspeakable thing to the package (tear off the film) it hit me. It made me recoil in horror and scream! What made me recoil?!? What hit me?!? Was it my psychotic girlfriend trying to kill me?!? (No – she is lovely and not psychotic). Was it a mutated hamster with a hammer?!? (don’t be silly) It was the horrid, horrible, disgusting stench of the chicken breasts! Avert your eyes if you don’t want to read the terrifying next sentence. The chicken was off! The sense, the smell and the sound of my girlfriends shriek was devastating. We ran away! We comforted each other in another room shaking but we knew we must not be cowards! We must rise up and bin the chicken and THEN show the world we were still willing to eat! Only then, could order be restored. We crept up to the chicken trembling. It got increasingly harder by every step because of the stench – the foul odour! We did not turn away though. We carried on with our mission! We made it to the chicken, grabbed the chicken and threw it in the bin like a grenade waiting to explode. We ducked for cover seeing if anything would happen! It did not. Then the event was over. Covered in sweat (no sweat actually – both very clean) we decided what to do next. This is when I came up with the brilliant idea of how to save the night from disaster and what could have been impending doom – going to a local Argentinian restaurant named Bariloche.

It was a lovely restaurant.

For starter my girlfriend had a “chorizo” sausage.

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It turned out to be just a sausage but my girlfriend said it was a lovely sausage.

I had empanadas which I enjoyed immensely, and plan to make for FADHoppers one day.

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Then we both had the main which Argentinian food is famous for – Steak.

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The steaks were really delicious. It came with tasty chimichurri (which we tried to make another day but failed). The sides were good too.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable meal and we would definitely go back there on a random evening.

From Argentinian to Spanish – this dish is brilliant and the chicken, stuffed with romesco, really does work with paella! I was as shocked as the next person. It will be a repeat dish and a firm favourite for FADHoppers!

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Serves: 2
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

Chicken with Romesco:
40g blanched almonds
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red pepper, from a jar
1 garlic clove, crushed
½ tbsp. sherry vinegar
½ tsp paprika
1 tbsp mascarpone
2 Chicken Breasts
2 slices of parma ham

Paella:
1/4 a cooking chorizo, sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 ltr chicken stock, infused with 1 large pinch of saffron
1 tsp smoked paprika
200g paella rice (or risotto rice)
1 handful of frozen peas
Half a lemon
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Method:

Chicken with Romesco:
Preheat oven to 190 Deg C.
Toast the almonds for 3-5 minutes.
Blitz the top 6 ingredients togerher.
Mix with mascarpone.
Slit the chicken breasts to create pockets.
Fill the pockets with romesco sauce
Wrap in parma ham to seal.
Place on a baking tray.
Cook in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked.

Paella:
Heat a tbsp. of olive oil in a pot.
Add the chorizo to the pot and fry until browned.
Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until soft.
Add the smoked paprika, rice and infused stock.
Cook on a medium heat, stirring occasionally for 25 minutes.
Add the peas.
Cook for another 5 minutes, or until the rice is cooked.
Squeeze lemon juice and give a stir.
Season.

Serve!
Eat!
Enjoy!

@FADHopper

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