Chorizo, Kale and Chickpea Stew with Sherry

I have one foot already out the door as I’m writing this but just want to share it with you while I still have the warm cosy feeling inside. After the food and sherry pairing with Heston Blumenthal earlier this week, I was blessed with a bottle of Manzanilla sherry. Unfortunately, I was also the recipient of a nasty cold and so needed something to fortify and comfort – stew. When a big bag of kale arrived in the vegetable box I immediately thought of a favourite chorizo-kale-chickpea dish but a little splash of sherry makes it that bit more interesting, adding extra flavour and depth. I’ve used sherry with similar ingredients before (in a soup) with great success and I shall be adding a slosh to all manner of braises, soups and hearty winter grub in the near future.

I cannot urge you enough to make this dish with dried chickpeas – they are totally worth it for two reasons, firstly – the knobbly firm texture and secondly, the nuttiness. As I’m sure most of you already know, they are far superior to the tinned version and yet require a little more effort on the part of your memory and your time. It is necessary to re-hydrate the peas overnight by soaking in water and then giving them a bit of a cooking to avoid a rather nasty stomach upset. That out of the way, you are rewarded for your efforts accordingly.

It then just remains for you to crack on with the one-pot wonder that is stew, leave it while it plop plops away on the stove, filling your house with the most droolsome aroma and then finally, ladle yourself a big bowlful, curl up  on the couch and prepare yourself for a big cosy food hug. Just don’t get impatient and burn your tongue like I always do.

P.S – I know that I promised you that recipe I have finally perfected after so many years and for which I picked up the missing ingredient recently at Persepolis. It is coming – next week I promise, to you and myself.

Chorizo, Kale and Chickpea Stew
I have lost the paper on which I recorded quantities but I think stew is something you add to as necessary anyway, while quantities are not hugely important. However, if you would like a more clearly stated recipe – don’t hesitate to e-mail me. Here’s the rough version.

Fry some onions until opaque, add carrots, peppers and garlic, followed by a good glug of sherry. Let the alcohol burn off then add stock, passata (or tinned tomatoes), the chickpeas, cooking chorizo, kale, a little potato and a good pinch of (hot) smoked paprika to taste. Let simmer for about an hour, then season and add fresh chopped parsley.

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13 Responses to “Chorizo, Kale and Chickpea Stew with Sherry”

  1. Daziano

    Hi!!! What a comforting recipe for these days that are getting cold already!

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  2. Wendy

    Adore chorizo and bean stews. Don’t they make the kitchen smell wonderful?

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  3. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    This looks like the perfect remedy for a nasty bug! I make something similar called Caldo Verde, which is a Portuguese stew/soup. It’s a whole meal in a bowl!

    Hope you feel better soon.

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  4. Maryann

    This looks wonderful! It really really does :)

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  5. Peter G

    I love the combo of chickpeas and chorizo Helen…and what a nice touch the sherry and kale make to this dish. I also like to fry off a little pancetta at the beginning too.

  6. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen

    This looks like a delicious meal! I got a small bottlle of sherry and scotch bonnet pepper sauce when we were in Jamaica and now I know what to do with it – STEWS!

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  7. Christie@fig&cherry

    Glorious! Hope you feel better after your cold! x

  8. aforkfulofspaghetti

    Just about all my favourite foods in a bowl, there! And that’s my sherry, too… Are you sure you haven’t been raiding my kitchen?

    I also do something similar with kale, chickpeas and olives. Might blog about it sometime this winter. Again, very tasty as well as highly nutritious.

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  9. Y

    Sorry to hear about the cold – hope you’re feeling better now! That stew certainly looks great, and that ‘recipe’ sounds exactly like the kind of thing I throw together in the kitchen – though I’ve never tried it with a splash of sherry, so I have to remember that one for next time :)

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  10. Kevin

    This stew looks tasty, hearty and healthy!

    Kevins last blog post..Savoury Pumpkin Pie (Kolokithopita)

  11. Annemarie

    Mmm, some of my favorite flavors cooked together in the same pot – I’d be having multiple bowl-fulls. The sherry gives it a really nice sounding kick.

    Annemaries last blog post..Marinated Lamb

  12. nina

    Oh my word, this dish looks packed full of flavor…..even in summer, I am tempted to make this!!!!

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  13. NickyB

    Making this tonight … yu-ummm

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