Pinchos, or Pinchitos, are Spain´s answer to Kebabs. Despite their “Moorish” (i.e. Arabic) origins, they are usually made of pork, but you can also find them made of chicken. This is typical Feria food, cooked in front of you at the bar, speared with a slice of bread, and if they use metal skewers, you just hand them back when you´ve finished eating!
The spices which the cubes of meat are rubbed in can vary slightly, shops and butchers sell their own mixes. Typically though it´s a mix which is like Ras el hanout, which is used widely in North Africa, from which Andalucía receives many food influences.
When we went to Morocco earlier this year, we bought a supply of spices to see us through a few months and because it´s so good, I didn´t want to just save it for kebabs.
Here´s an easy salad, which (if you have any kind of spice mix you like to use on meat) you can pull together from store cupboard ingredients. This recipe made a light supper for two.
For the salad
- Two chicken thighs deboned, cubed and rubbed in 1 heaped tablespoon of spice mix and seasoned with salt. These are then cooked on the griddle (plancha) with a small amount of olive oil and left to cool
- 6 rashers of streaky bacon cooked for 6 minutes in the microwave then left to cool and roughly chopped
- 2 medium cooked potatoes, peeled and cubed
- Half a cos lettuce finely chopped
- Half a cup of pitted black olives, roughly chopped
- One small green pepper, finely sliced
For the dressing
- Half a cup of mayonnaise
- Two tablespoons of milk
- An additional teaspoon of spice mix
- A squeeze of lemon juice
- Salt and Pepper
Mix all the salad ingredients in a large bowl then in a jar shake together all the dressing ingredients. Pour over the salad and toss well to get all the dressing into the leaves. Would also be good with some croutons.