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2 tblsp extra-virgin olive oil
50 g raw chorizo sausage (skinned and diced)
2 garlic cloves
225 g cherry tomatoes
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp chopped fresh fennel
4 150g skinless hake fillets (pin bones removed)
20 large clams (such as palourd)
4 tblsp fino sherry
4 slices sourdough bread
1 tblsp dijon mustard
1 tblsp fresh lemon juice
4 tblsp light olive oil
150 g wild rocket
maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Heat one tablespoon of the extra-virgin olive oil in a heavy-based pan. Add the chorizo and sauté for 2-3 minutes until sizzling. Stir in the garlic and cook until softened, then tip in the cherry tomatoes with the sugar and paprika. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until the cherry tomatoes have just begun to split, the remove from the heat. Stir in the fennel and season tot taste.
Make the largest circle you can from a roll of non-stick parchment paper (you will need four in total). Divide the cherry tomato mixture between the four circles ensuring it is nice and central. Place a piece of hake on top of each one followed by five clams and a tablespoon of sherry. Season to taste, then bring the two sides of each circle together and then fold over to form a loose parcel.
Place on a hot baking sheet and cook for 6-8 minutes until the hake is tender and all of the clams have opened; discard any that do not.
Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan until very hot. Grill the sourdough bread for about one minute on each side or until lightly charred and toasted. Drizzle with the remaining extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with the Maldon sea salt.
To make the dressing, whisk the mustard with the lemon juice in a small bowl and then slowly add the light olive oil until you have a smooth emulsion. Season to taste. Place the rocket in a bowl and pour over enough of the dressing to lightly coat the leaves.
To serve, place a parcel onto each warmed plate with some lightly dressed rocket and a piece of grilled sourdough bread.