Fabada, one of the most famous dishes from Asturias Spain. This hearty rustic stew is an explosion of rich deep flavours. Traditionally this dish takes a lot of care and preparation, so this is not a true fabada but is an excellent substitute when you are craving something tasty in a hurry!
My “Cheats” Asturian Fabada
For one serving, you will need:
1 tin of cannellini beans (rinsed)
1 cup of water
2 inch piece of whole chorizo sausage
2 inch piece of morcilla (or black pudding)
4 slices of Serrano ham (the darker the better)
1 whole clove of garlic (peeled)
1/4 of an onion
1 small potato (Maris Piper/King Edward)
1/4 cup of white cabbage (chopped)
Cracked black pepper
- Empty a tin of cannellini beans into a colander, thoroughly rinse in cold water and leave aside.
- Remove the skins of the chorizo and morcilla (this can be done by making a slit down the side which will allow you to peel them easily). Chop the chorizo and leave the morcilla whole.
- To a small pot add the olive oil and slowly warm the chorizo until it releases a vibrant yellow saffron oil.
- Finely chop the serrano ham and add it to the pot then add the morcilla, cabbage, onion and a whole clove of garlic.
- Add the cannellini beans and the water and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling cover with a lid and cook for 5-10 minutes checking to make sure the stew doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
- Chop the potato and add to the stew (add more water if needed). Lower to a medium heat and simmer till the potatoes are cooked through. You can check this by taking a piece of potato out and it should mash easily with a fork.
- Stir the stew making sure it doesn’t dry out in the pot. The morcilla should have broken down and you should have a rich broth.
- Season to taste (depending on the ham it may not need seasoning, taste before you salt it).
TIP: If the stew is too soupy, simply turn up the heat for a few minutes and let it reduce, if too dry add a small amount of water.
Serve this stew with a rustic bread and a light beer.
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