Jamie Oliver’s Chorizo and Squid is one of those dishes everyone loves because of the delicious flavours and it’s a bit of fun, too. This is my version which I adapted using a little more chorizo and feta and adapting it to my family’s taste.
For the past year I have been taking a lot of inspiration from Jamie Oliver. My daughter gifted me his “15 minute meals” cookbook and we have been progressively trying each recipe. Putting aside that I can’t make his recipes in 15 minutes ( maybe if I had staff preparing stuff I’d manage) the recipe are fresh, innovative, delicious and reasonably fast to make. The combination of flavours and idea’s have got me thinking differently about meals for the family. We also loved this frittata recipe. The recipes have a lot of blitzing in the food processor instead of chopping… I’m sure you could chop finely if you don’t have a processor.
About the recipe
There are really no hard and fast rules with this recipe. If you don’t have capsicum substitute a vegetable you like, maybe zucchini. If you don’t like olives, leave them out. And adjust the quantities to suit your family. You could use brown rice instead of couscous. Here is a link to a video showing you how to clean whole squid. Squid tentacles may not be your thing, just use the squid hoods. The idea of this recipe is the important part.
- 6 spring onions
- 150 g baby spinach
- big bunch of fresh mint
- 300 g couscous
- 1 lemon
- 400 g baby squid gutted and cleaned
- 3 good quality chorizo sausages
- olive oil
- 2 red capsicum peppers, deseeded and sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- white wine vinegar
- 2 clove garlic crushed
- 12 black olives stones removed
- 100 g fetta cheese
- 2 teaspoons harissa
- 3/4 cup Greek yoghurt
Blitz together in the food processor cleaned and trimmed spring onions, spinach, mint and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Remove the blade and tip in the couscous and 1 large cup of boiling water. Replace the lid and let it sit.
Remove the tentacle of the squid, set aside. Open up the tube and score the inside in a crisscross manner.Cut into pieces.
Slice chorizo and fry in a pan with olive oil.
Add the capsicum and fry for about 5 minutes.
Throw in the squid, toss around then add the honey, a splash of vinegar, crushed garlic and olives.
Stir until the squid is lightly cooked.
Fluff up the couscous and dress with the juice of 1/2 lemon.
Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Tip the couscous onto a platter and spoon over the squid mixture.
Crumble the fetta over the lot.
In a bowl on the side place the yoghurt with the harissa marbled through it.
Cut up remaining lemon into wedges to serve on the side.
For this recipe get beautiful fresh baby squid, gut it and clean it. Also make sure you buy the best chorizo. The recipe asks for 80g of chorizo but I put in quite a bit more as I did with the fetta...I love fetta!