Fabada Asturiana

Tapas come in many guises, from simple tortilla to London-centric ‘picture on a plate’ restaurant creations but often in Spain, and also Chez Ben’s, they can just be a ladle of whatever is in the pot at the time. Spain has an abundance of bean stews and Fabada Asturiana is, without question, the best known – almost the paella of the north. It's as simple as they come but totally dependent on the quality of the meat ingredients. Complete authenticity requires fabes de la granja (large dried runner beans) and a lightly smoked, semi cured morcilla (black pudding) that keeps it’s form when cooked but, in their place,  I’ve used fava/butter beans, a piece of beef shin and griddled black pudding, added at the end but leave the black pud out altogether if you like. Let’s face it, back in the day, contents would depend on availability and I’m sure an Asturian farmer would have done the same. The mojo picon adds a little body to what can be a pretty thin broth. As with all these dishes, a slow cooker is ideal.

Serves:8
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 3-4 hours

Yields1 Serving
 500g butter beans
 330g cooking chorizo
 200g Ben’s Farm Shop black pudding (optional)
 400g shin of beef (optional)
 1 smoked gammon hock
 1 head of garlic – dried outer leaved removed
 1 red chilli – quartered
 1 large onion – cut into 8 wedges
 500mls chicken stock or bone broth
 3 bay leaves
 1 tub of Ben’s Farm Shop mojo picon
1

Soak the beans overnight.

2

Drain and place in a large casserole with ham hock, shin, stock, onion, bay leaf, chilli and garlic head. You’ll probably need to cut the ham hock in half along the bone or it will stick out above the beans.

3

Add cold water to cover and bring to the simmer and cook gently for two hours. Add water if the level drops and skim off any froth.

4

Add the chorizo and mojo picon and cook for another 1½ hours.

5

Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.

6

Remove the garlic, bay leaves, chilli, hock and beef.

7

Discard the hock skin and bone, chop the meats into chunks and return to the pot.

8

Squeeze out the garlic and mix it back in.

9

Serve with greens and crusty bread.

10

Dry cider would be the local’s choice but a robust red such will do. Our Doble Pasta Cien-y-Pico Garnacha Tintera would be perfect.

Serves: 8

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 3-4 hours

Ingredients

 500g butter beans
 330g cooking chorizo
 200g Ben’s Farm Shop black pudding (optional)
 400g shin of beef (optional)
 1 smoked gammon hock
 1 head of garlic – dried outer leaved removed
 1 red chilli – quartered
 1 large onion – cut into 8 wedges
 500mls chicken stock or bone broth
 3 bay leaves
 1 tub of Ben’s Farm Shop mojo picon

Directions

1

Soak the beans overnight.

2

Drain and place in a large casserole with ham hock, shin, stock, onion, bay leaf, chilli and garlic head. You’ll probably need to cut the ham hock in half along the bone or it will stick out above the beans.

3

Add cold water to cover and bring to the simmer and cook gently for two hours. Add water if the level drops and skim off any froth.

4

Add the chorizo and mojo picon and cook for another 1½ hours.

5

Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.

6

Remove the garlic, bay leaves, chilli, hock and beef.

7

Discard the hock skin and bone, chop the meats into chunks and return to the pot.

8

Squeeze out the garlic and mix it back in.

9

Serve with greens and crusty bread.

10

Dry cider would be the local’s choice but a robust red such will do. Our Doble Pasta Cien-y-Pico Garnacha Tintera would be perfect.

Fabada Asturiana
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