Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs
I faithfully watched the foodie/travel show, Spain - On the Road Again, all winter. I made this recipe and it was delicious. As we don't have blood sausage in Greece, I subbed a pound of a local, dry sausage.
- 1 lb dried fava beans, soaked overnight in water to cover (large white Asturian beans, or substitute other large white beans)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pinch saffron thread
- 1⁄2 tablespoon spanish smoked paprika (pimenton)
- 8 garlic cloves
- 1⁄2 smoked ham hock
- 1⁄2 lb thick slab bacon
- 1⁄2 lb spanish chorizo
- 1⁄2 lb blood sausage (morcilla was used in the original)
- 1 small onion, halved
- Drain the beans. Put them in a large pot, add water to cover by 2 inches, and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam, lower the heat to a simmer, and add the olive oil, saffron, pimentón, garlic, ham hock, and bacon. Simmer for 1 hour, adding more water as necessary to keep the beans covered.
- Add the chorizo, morcilla, and onion and simmer for another 2 hours, or until the beans are very soft; add water as necessary to keep the beans and meats covered. Remove from the heat, remove the meats, and let cool slightly. Remove the meat from the ham hock and shred it into bite-sized pieces. Cut the bacon into 1-inch chunks and cut the sausages into thick slices. Discard the garlic and onion, ladle the beans into bowls, and nestle the various meats in the beans.
This was fantastic! Having said that, I did make a few changes, so I am rating it on my version - sorry, but since there are no other recipes here for this, this is the closest. I used a tin of baked beans (I know, I know, but this is what I had in the cupboard), black pudding, chorizo, bacon and smoked ham (didn't have ham hock) and added about 400ml of homemade beef stock, otherwise the same (smoked paprika, saffron). Just had it for dinner with crusty bread - a perfect winter dish.
PS: If you think you don't like black pudding (ie blood sausage) please try it. For years I thought I hated it, but recently tried it again and now I am hooked! And it does make a real difference to this dish.