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Recipe: Chorizo, Iberico Pork Belly and Chickpea Stew

Chorizo, Iberico Pork Belly and Chickpea Stew

Chorizo, Iberico Pork Belly and Chickpea Stew

It has been a good week for cooking. I love it when Winter saunters in and I have so many excuses to retreat to my kitchen and cook up my own storm to match the one outside. A mid week shopping trip provided excellent ingredients, particularly the Iberico pork belly I used in my last recipe, I used it again today.

I tend to cook old favourites right now, and it occured to me that I haven’t really blogged them. I always like to cook new things and experiment for recipes that wind up here, but I’ve decided to start blogging my old favourites, those soothing winter warmers, over the next little while.

The Iberico pork belly is a big fatty piece of salted pork belly from those finest of Spanish pigs. It’s like super fat pancetta that when rendered, releases smoky rich fat that adds a beautiful dimension to any dish, I am not sure I’ve ever had anything quite like it. The lovely Iberico pigs  spend their lives happily wandering munching on acorns, and then they end up on plates everywhere, luxurious and expensive. This piece wound it’s way to me via Selfridge’s Food Hall.

In a previous post I said that it was 80% fat, really it seems to be more like 95%. It’s very, very, rich. I diced it into cubes, then sauteed it, watching it melt like ice cubes, the fat rendering and spitting, unhappy at being released but calming as it rendered further. When only small crisping cubes were left, I added the chorizo, letting it sparkle in the Iberico fat, releasing it’s own orange fragrant fat and joining the party. 

This is not an everyday dish, as this amount of animal fat ,whilst delicious, would surely cripple if regular. But treat yourself occasionally, with a bold glass of rioja to accompany and I promise you a lovely evening.

Chorizo, Iberico Pork Belly & Chickpea Stew

Serves 4

Ingredients:

100g Iberico pork belly or pancetta
200g hot fresh cooking chorizo (I use Brindisa)
500g cooked chickpeas (substitute 2 tins)
1 tin good tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
500ml good light stock like chicken
A handful of chopped flat leaf parsley

Method

Dice and sauté the iberico pork/pancetta for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, and rendering most of the fat. Add the chorizo for anothyer 3/4 minutes, until seared and the fat is orange. Then add the finely chopped garlic cloves for 30 seconds or so.

Add the chickpeas, tomatoes and stock. Stir thoroughly, and cook for 30 minutes.

Take off the heat and stir in the parsley. Ladle into bowls and serve with good crusty bread or toast. With a compulsory glass of rioja.

Enjoy!

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Niamh,

    I had to write a comment on this one! Sounds delicious! I’m quite partial to a chickpea, chorizo and pork stew as I am sure you know… has anyone actually sent you one of my stewed! pots yet? And did you get the book onc you got home from Ireland?…

    Unfort, in my chorizo chickpea and pork stew pot, we can’t use Iberico chorizo for obvious reasons but I can imagine yours tastes delicious.

    Your post made me think of my time learning how to carve jamon iberico in Guijuelo, near Salamanca in Spain when I worked for Brindisa back in the day…. 2 weeks of carving non stop… Alas, they train you on mouldy jamones, so there was no opportunity for sneaky morsels working their way into my mouth. Anyway, the Iberian products are fantastic, especially the ones ‘de bellota’ as apparently, I learnt recently, a lot of the Iberian products never see an acorn in their life, they are simply Iberian pigs….

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  2. Completely drooling at the thought of this. Looks and sounds utterly gorgeous.

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  3. This looks so good Niamh. I have to admit I love a hearty stew and the addition of chick peas is really good. Its lunch time and cant stop thinking of eating this with some crusty loaf. Delicious!

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