Chorizo, Jersey new potato and red pepper salad recipe | Angela Hartnett

I came up with this dish by just using leftover items, on one of those days when you're hungry, but cannot be bothered to go to the shops. We all find ingredients in the fridge that never got used, so why not experiment with them? It can give you some lovely results – and it reminds you nothing need go to waste.

Jersey Royals are in peak season for the next few months, but you can adapt this recipe and add fresh fennel instead of the potato, if you prefer. Just slice the fennel finely; the aniseed flavour really works with the fattiness of the chorizo.

Use the long, thin bell peppers if you can, rather than the large round ones, as they are sweeter and seem to cook down more easily. Pepperoni, as they are called in Italy, are coming into the height of their season now and will be around until September. This really is the only time you should eat peppers. Another flavour-enhancing tip is to add the odd anchovy, just tossed in at the end.

Serves four

500g Jersey Royals, washed with skin on
2 large red peppers
100ml olive oil
1 garlic glove, crushed
Pinch of chilli flakes
200g sliced chorizo
25ml red wine vinegar
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Add the washed Jersey Royals to salted cold water and boil until just cooked – about 20 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the peppers; I find it easier to cut straight down the middle, remove and discard the seeds, and slice across into strips.

Add two tablespoons of olive oil to a large frying pan, add the peppers and garlic and sauté until soft – it should take around 15 minutes. Towards the end, add a pinch of chilli flakes and then, when ready, remove from the pan. Add the sliced chorizo to the same pan and sauté until warmed through.

Drain the boiled potatoes and mix with the peppers and chorizo – finish with the vinaigrette (made from the rest of the olive oil and the vinegar), and fresh herbs.

• Angela Hartnett is chef patron at Murano restaurant and consults at the Whitechapel Gallery and Dining Room, London

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