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Apr 13, 2008 10:53 AM

favorite recipes with Spanish chorizo

I am in a rut. I do killer scrambled eggs with them (using Ramsay's slow cooking method), I make white beans every week or so, I put it on pasta, but I seem to not get enough of this smoky sausage. But other than those, I seem to lack any creative ways to sneak it into my recipes. Anyone has other favorite recipes for Spanish chorizo, well except a nice paella?

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  1. Would you mind posting the recipe for the white beans with chorizo? Thanks.

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    1. re: erica

      I actually don't have a recipe or exact measures. It is mostly improvised every time I cook. But basically here it is:

      Day one:
      I soak the beans with a little baking soda (not too much because then I can actually taste it), overnight. Then I precook the beans with water. When they are cooked, but not too tender, I set them aside (you can do it in a few days in advance) and continue with the task the next day...

      Day two:
      I get a large cast iron pot or something else that could get in the oven. I dice a large onion and sautee it in some kind of fat (usually olive oil, but today I have some duck fat, will it be too decadent?) until translucent. I add thickly sliced chorizo and cook it until it renders a little bit. I add minced garlic, and cook for a minute. Then I add the beans, enough water to go two inches above the beans, bay leaves, a couple of whole cloves (the spice, not garlic: it adds a good warmth to the dish), perhaps some more paprika or maybe hot pepper to add the flavor of smoked sausage. I mash some tomato paste with water and add. Then I bake it, until it reaches a tender cassoulet like consistency.

      My only hint is that if you run low in water in the dish, don't add cold water. I think it might be a superstition, but adding cold water seems to toughen the beans. So I'd rather boil some water and add it to the stew if needed.

      I know it is not precise, but I think you can play around the recipe a lot. You can get inspired by your favorite baked/slow cooked bean recipe. But I like it as simple as it is, the beans, the hint of tomato and the sausage sings. And even though it takes long to finish it, there is not much hands on time. I cook it very often, in somewhat large quantities and eat for a few days with some good bread, or plain rice.

      1. re: emerilcantcook

        This is great..I am always trying to add more beans to my diet..and I adore chorizo!

    2. In Mallorca, they have a traditional dish called tumbet. Basically it's onions, aubergine, peppers, potatoes, garlic, parsley, & tomatoes fried together. I add chorizo, which is definately not traditional but adds colour & spice (and some meat)

      1. Have you made fideo or clams with chorizo?

        1. I like Spanish Chicken, which is basically chicken breast with chorizo, a touch of sherry and chickpeas. It's totally yum, but then chorizo makes everything taste good!

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          1. re: greedygirl

            I've done that. Isn't a Delia Smith recipe?

              1. re: greedygirl

                Would it be possible for you to post or point to this recipe please. It sounds great!

                1. re: Joebob

                  Sorry for the delay - I've been having trouble logging on at home, which is where all my recipe books are. Anyway....

                  Heat a frying pan over a medium flame, add 2 chicken breasts, skin side down and cook for a few minutes. Turn over and add 50g of thinly sliced chorizo, 2tsp of cumin seeds and a clove of crushed garlic. Cook for a further 2 minutes then splash in 2 tbsp of sherry.

                  Allow to bubble for a couple of minutes, then stir in a can of chickpeas and 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped. Season with salt, pepper and chilli sauce to taste and cook for a few minutes more until the chicken is cooked through. Serve scattered with coriander leaves.

                  It's v. tasty, and perfect for a weeknight supper.

                  1. re: greedygirl

                    Thanks GG. I'll definitely will make this.

          2. Clams and chorizo (with or without white beans) are a classic combo. Do a search for recipes and you should find lots.

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            1. re: farmersdaughter

              I'll share my technique. I start with 2+ lbs of clean manila clams, a big can of Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes, a few cloves of punchy garlic, some Palacios hot chorizo, diced. I brown the sausage a bit in plenty of EVOO, toss in the garlic, and add the tomato sauce. Cook a bit, get it hot, and add the clams. Cover and cook till the clams are open. Eat with the best pinot gris I can find and tons of really good artisan bread to soak up the sauce. YUM.

              1. re: Vetter

                Just remembered another use. Chorizo is great in a potato and onion frittata.