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an authentic recipe of the spanish dish, fabada. i enjoy the dish for it's rich, meaty flavor which comes from the broth that contains saffron and juices from the meats. fabada beans are a special white bean that is grown ONLY in Austurias, Spain so it's very hard to obtain which makes it a little expensive.
- *Soak beans overnight. Make sure they are fully covered in water.*.
- Cut ham into 1" cubes.
- Add ham, except 2 pieces of ham, and 6 chorizo into pot of water.
- Bring to boil and then reduce heat.
- Drain beans.
- Pour olive oil and onions in pot with beans and stir over medium high heat.
- Add 2 chorizos and 2 pieces of ham.
- Add water just to cover the beans. Let it boil then reduce heat to medium low- low.
- Stir in saffron.
- Cover pot, but not tightly.
- Cook for 2 - 2 1/2 hours or until beans are soft.
- Check often to ensure water is still covering beans. When the water level is too low, add the water from the pot of meats.
- Stir pot of beans with a wooden spoon occasionally.
- Check taste and salt and butter as desired.
- Drain pot of meats and then serve fabada with the meats.
Mmm... ethnic comfort food! I didn't have access to traditional beans so I used "great northern" beans and it was still delicious. The combo of chorizo, ham, and beans was very satisfying, and anything saffron in it is good! I served this with a spinach, walnut and manchego salad. I did not need the extra butter because our chorizo had enough fat in it.