Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Cheesy Chorizo Bean Dip

We were invited to a friend’s house for an evening of food and fun.  I offered to bring a dip.  I decided to try this ‘Cheesy Chorizo Bean Dip’ which I found in the new Autumn-Winter 2011 Season’s Best Cookbook from The Pampered Chef (www.pamperedchef.biz/partieswithHeidi).

As a Consultant for the Pampered Chef I demonstrate a couple of recipes (with the help of the guests) at a cooking show and so I thought it would be a good idea to try this recipe at home before I tried it in front of an audience.  This rich and spicy dip is served warm served with slices of crusty bread, pitta bread or the flatbread that I used.   I warmed the flatbread in the microwave for about 1 minute 30 seconds and this was more than sufficient.

I have to tell you that this was absolutely delicious and everyone went back for seconds and sometimes thirds! The recipe follows below:-

Ingredients: -
1 tsp sunflower oil
150g chorizo sausage (diced)
75f mature cheddar cheese
½ onion
1 fresh green chilli (deseeded)
½ green pepper (deseeded)
2 cloves garlic (peeled)
1 can (410g) borlotti or haricot beans
1 can (230g) chopped tomatoes in juice
Tortilla chips or corn chips to serve

Preheat oven to 200C/fan 180C/Gas 6.  Heat sunflower oil in frying pan over high heat 1-2 minutes or until hot; add chorizo and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking into smaller pieces.

Meanwhile grate cheese (using Ultimate Mandoline fitted with grating blade) set aside.  Finely chop onion and chilli using Food Chopper.  Finely slice green pepper on Cutting Board using 13 cm Santoku Knife.  Rinse beans with cold water in colander, drain well.

Ultimate mandoline
Add onion, chilli and green pepper to frying pan.  Cook 1-2 minutes or until tender-crisp.  Slice garlic into pan using Garlic Slicer; cook 30-60 seconds or until fragrant.  Add beans and tomatoes to pan; coarsely mask together with Mix-n-chop. 

Cook 2-3 minutes or until hot, stirring occasionally with a Bamboo spatula.

Transfer bean mixture into Mini Baker using Bamboo Spatula; level surface.  Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over top of dip.  Bake 10 mins or until cheese is melted.  Remove from oven. Serve warm with tortilla chips, if desired.

Chorizo is a Spanish pork sausage flavoured with garlic and smoked paprika that give it a distinctive, rich flavour and colour when cooked.
To try this and more fun and easy recipes from The Pampered Chef ‘Season’s Best Recipe Collection – Autumn/Winter 2001’ contact me through my web site:- www.pamperedchef.biz/partieswithHeidi

Or even better book a cooking show for you and your friends and we can make this and another great, family recipe. September is the launch of our new Autumn/Winter 2001 products and October we have our annual 'Help Whip Cancer' promotion with a limited edition of pink products which help raise money for Breast Cancer Research UK.
("At The Pampered Chef®, we feel it is crucial to promote the importance of breast cancer research. To support this effort, between 1 October and 31 October, independent Pampered Chef® Consultants raise funds for Cancer Research UK from the sale of pink limited-edition products and Help Whip Cancer® Fundraiser Cooking Shows.")

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