Asturian Bean Stew – a Spanish recipe thats simple to follow. All you need to do is throw all the ingredients, bean stew / beans together and its almost ready! This recipe is not from this fantastic book but you can buy it at Amazon.
Asturian Bean Stew Ingredients
½ pound fabes (large dried white beans from asturias)
¼ pound smoked bacon slab
4 cups chicken stock
1 head garlic, papery outer skin removed
2 medium spanish onions, 1 halved and 1 minced
1 3-pound chicken, cut into pieces
¼ cup spanish extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sweet pimentón (spanish smoked paprika)
pinch of saffron, threads crushed
Spanish Asturian Bean Stew
The day before you plan to cook the stew, place the beans in a bowl and cover with cold water. Soak the beans overnight at room temperature. The next day, drain and rinse the beans.
Put the bacon slab in a small pot, cover with water, and boil for 5 minutes. Drain the bacon. (This will remove some of the fat.)
Combine the drained beans and chicken stock in a large pot. Remove 1 garlic clove from the head and set aside. Add the bacon, the head of garlic, and the halved onion. Bring to a slow boil, skimming any foam that rises to the top. Simmer for 15 minutes, then add the chicken pieces.
Meanwhile, in a medium sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced onion and cook until it is translucent and begins to caramelize, about 15 minutes. Peel and mince the reserved clove of garlic and add it to the onion. Cook for 2 more minutes, then stir in the pimentón and saffron. Spoon the onion mixture into the large pot and stir until well combined.
Continue to cook the beans and chicken, uncovered, at a very low simmer for 2 hours. Occasionally add a little cold water to slow the simmering and to keep the beans covered with liquid. (Do not stir the beans while they cook; this could cause them to break apart.) Remove the pot from the heat, cover, and set aside to cool for 1 hour. Remove and discard the onion halves and head of garlic. Remove the bacon and cut into thin slices.
Ladle the beans and chicken pieces into soup bowls and garnish with slices of the bacon.
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