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Spicy Chorizo, Beans and Octopus Stew

Spicy Chorizo, Beans and Octopus Stew

Ingredients (serves 4 as a main course)

2 jars of giant butter beans

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2 or 3 Octopus tentacles cut in chunks depending on the size

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150g Spicy Chorizo sliced or chopped in small pieces

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2 tbsp good quality olive oil

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1 medium onion, roughly chopped
2 bay leaves
2 medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped
250ml chicken or vegetable stock 
Fresh parsley for garnish 

Method

  1. To make this Spicy Chorizo, Beans and Octopus Stew, first heat the olive oil in a deep saute pan over a medium heat
  2. Sweat the onions until translucent but keep then pale rather then letting them caramelise
  3. Add the garlic and bay leaves and continue cooking for 2 mins
  4. Add the stock and both jar of beans – juice and all – and bring it to boil
  5. Lower the heat and slowly simmer before adding the octopus
  6. Simmer for a further 10 mins to reduce and warm through the beans and octopus. Remember both of these ingredients are pre-cooked so all we need to do is warm them through
  7. In the meantime, using a dry pan to fry the chorizo until it is nice and crispy
  8. Let the stew rest for a few mins and then add the crispy chorizo on the top
  9. Drizzle with the chorizo oil rendered during the frying process and garnish with freshly chopped parsley
  10. Place your Spicy Chorizo, Beans and Octopus Stew in the middle of the table and let the crowd fight over it
  11. Serve it with a well chilled white wine

I use giant butter beans for this recipe but you can equally use chickpeas or any other beans. Personally I find the butter beans are the best combination for this dish as both the octopus and the beans are pre-cooked so you can enjoy maximum satisfaction with minimum effort.