A big pan of paella, full of inviting seafood and succulent chicken, or a tortilla with soft potato and spicy chorizo...good hearty help-yourself food with fresh, light flavours mean there is something comforting and relaxing about Spanish cuisine.
I was lucky enough to recently be sent a beautiful presentation box of Alhambra Reserva 1925 beer. This has been inspired by the first beers that were produced by Cervezas Alhambra by their factory in Granada, Spain in 1925. This beer is a beautiful golden colour, with a deeper hop taste than the mass produced Spanish lagers I've drank before, similar in taste to a British pale ale.
The dark green bottle is elegantly understated, without labelling, letting the artisan manufacturing process and 90-year old Alhambra name speak for itself.
We of course sampled some of the beer, ice cold, served in my very special limited edition glasses and it was a beer to be savoured. Because Alhambra Reserva 1925 has a full bodied flavour I think it's best to enjoy with food and is a beautiful ingredient in lots of Spanish inspired recipes.
Cervezas Alhambra invited me to create a recipe using Alhambra Reserva 1925 and share with you all - here is my Beer braised Chicken and Chorizo traybake
Beer Braised Chicken and Chorizo traybake - Serves 4-6
10 skin on chicken thighs
1 tbsp plain flour
1 heaped tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp good quality olive oil
750g baby new potatoes, left whole unless larger size
150g chopped smoked pancetta
1 chorizo ring, skin removed and sliced into 5mm slices
One 330ml bottle of Cervezas Alhambra Reserva 1925
250ml good quality chicken stock
Handful of fresh thyme sprigs, woody stems removed and leaves finely chopped.
6 spring onions (scallions) chopped into 2cm lengths
6 vine ripened salad tomatoes cut into wedges
Preheat your oven to 200C/Gas mark 6.
In a large bowl combine the flour and paprika and mix together. Take 3-4 chicken thighs at a time and drop into the bowl and coat with the flour mix. Heat half of the oil in a large flameproof heavy roasting tin over a high heat and fry off the chicken thighs for 5-10 minutes until brown all over. Set aside and repeat with the remaining chicken.
Heat the remaining oil in the pan and add the potatoes into the hot oil carefully, cooking for 5 minutes until they are starting to brown. Add the pancetta and chorizo, turn the temperature down to a medium heat and cook for another 5 minutes until the chorizo starts to release it's oil.
Return your chicken to the pan and pour the beer over the thighs. Bring to the boil and cook until the liquid reduces by half.
Remove from the heat and add the stock, thyme, spring onions & tomatoes.
Bake for one hour until the chicken is cooked through. sprinkle with extra thyme and serve with crusty bread, Alhambra Reserva 1925 and friends!
You can win your own special edition of 2 x 75cl Cervezas Alhambra Reserva 1925. What would be your perfect tapa for pairing with Alhambra Reserva 1925? Comment below and you could win a heritage set of Alhambra Reserva 1925 beer to enjoy with your own tapa creations.
The winner will be choosen by the Alhambra team after the closing date of 21st September 2015 and will be looking for the most innovative ideas so get thinking!
I was sent a presentation case of Alhambra 1925 for the purpose of this recipe post.
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