The Hard Cheese / by Cam

Our November Kitschen Ckaos recipe is Cheese Churros with Romesco Sauce. Our 2015 calendar combines our love of food, photography and design. This year our mouthwatering recipes focus on the delicious world of cheese, so join us on our gastronomic journey of discovery!

Cheese Churros with Romesco Sauce

3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
1 very ripe roma tomato, halved and seeded
2 long red chillies , halved and seeded
2 small red capsicums
¼ cup blanched almonds
¼ cup hazelnuts
2 thin slices or 1 thick slices crusty white bread
olive oil for cooking
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 cup water
30g butter
¼ teaspoon caster sugar
½ teaspoon salt
150g plain flour
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
2 eggs, lightly beaten (add eggs in food processor)
oil, for deep frying

3/4 cup grated Manchego cheese

Preheat oven to 200°C. Roast the garlic, tomatoes, chillies and capsicum for 10 minutes; removed tomatoes. Continue cooking the capsicums, chillies and garlic for a further 30-40 minutes or until capsicums, chillies have blacken and blistered. Wrap capsicums, chillies and garlic in plastic wrap or foil and allow to cool. When cool, peel capsicums, chillies and tomatoes and place in a bowl, discard stalks, skins and seeds. Cut the end off the garlic cloves and squeeze over garlic puree. Set aside.

Spread the almonds and hazelnuts on a clean baking tray and bake for 5 minutes or until toasted. Leave to cool. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat and fry bread for 3-5 minutes or each side or until golden, then break into rough pieces.

Place toasted nuts and fried bread in a small blender or food processor and process until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the reserved vegetables, olive oil, vinegar, salt and a little water if mix looks dry. Pulse until coarsely chopped and blended. Set aside.

Combine the water, butter, sugar and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Once at boil, remove from heat and stir in flour, paprika and cheese. The mixture will form a stiff ball of dough. Cool for 5 minutes. Using electric beaters, beat in the eggs to form a soft, glossy dough.

Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1.5cm star shaped nozzle. Pipe 5cm lengths of the dough either onto a paper lined tray or directly into the oil and snip lengths with scissors. Deep-fry the churros in batches in the hot oil until golden brown and cooked through.

Drain well on absorbent paper then sprinkle with remaining Manchego cheese. Serve with Romesco Sauce.

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