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    Chorizo and red pepper sandwiches with pomegranate relish and aioli

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    Chorizo and red pepper sandwiches with pomegranate relish and aioli

    The full-on flavours of the chorizo and saffron aioli are balanced by a tangy relish.

    • Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus cooling
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes

    Serves: 4


    180g romano peppers

    4 rustic or ciabatta rolls

    2 x 200g packs Unearthed smoked cooking chorizo sausages, halved lengthways

    handful wild rocket


    2 garlic cloves, chopped

    large pinch saffron

    150g extra virgin olive oil mayonnaise

    lemon juice, to taste


    1 pomegranate, seeds (or 110g pack pomegranate seeds)

    1⁄2 small red onion, finely diced

    1 tbsp pomegranate molasses

    large handful mintleaves, roughly chopped

    large handful parsley, stalks finely chopped, leaves roughly chopped

    3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    1 lemon, zest and 1⁄2 tbsp juice, plus more to taste


    1. Preheat the grill to high (250 ̊C). Place the peppers on a baking sheet and grill for 12-15 minutes, turning regularly, until blackened all over (or do this over an open flame on the hob). Put in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave until cool enough to handle. Peel off the skin and discard with the stem and seeds. Roughly tear the flesh; set aside.

    2. For the aioli, crush the garlic, saffron and a large pinch of salt to a fine paste in a pestle and mortar or on a board, before mixing with the mayonnaise; season, adding lemon juice to taste. Mix all the ingredients for the pomegranate relish together in a separate bowl and season to taste.

    3. Heat a griddle pan or heavy-based frying pan over a high heat. Halve the bread rolls and cook, cut-side down, for 1-2 minutes, until toasted; set aside. Next, add the chorizo to the pan and cook over a medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until crisp and the oils have been released.

    4. To assemble the sandwiches, layer up the aioli, rocket, relish, peppers and chorizo on the rolls, finishing with extra aioli and relish, a few more rocket leaves, and a final drizzle of the chorizo oil.

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