Date: Tue, 23 May 1995 22:34:09 -0600
This stew originally was topped with almonds which I omitted. I served
it over polenta and it was great! The recipe is a bit fussy but I think it was
worth the effort. Enjoy!
* Exported from MasterCook II *
Catalan Bean Stew
Recipe By : High-Flavor, Low-Fat Vegetarian Cooking/Steven Raichlen
Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Beans Lowfat
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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2 dried red or brown chiles, such as pasilla
or New Mexican reds, or 1 tbsp Spanish
or Hungarian sweet paprika
3 cups vegetable broth
2 medium onion -- peeled & quartered
4 ripe tomatoes
6 cloves garlic -- peeled
2 slices country-style white bread
3 parsnips or carrots -- diced
1 potato -- peeled & diced
1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
4 cups cooked fava beans or lima beans
1 cup cooked corn kernels
2 tablespoons sherry wine -- or to taste
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar -- or to taste
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Tear the chiles in half and remove the stems and seeds. Soak the chiles in
the stock for 1 hour or until soft. If using paprika, dissolve it in the
stock. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the onions and tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil and roast
them for 20 minutes. Add the garlic and continue roasting for 20 minutes,
or until the garlic is soft and the onions are golden brown. Darkly toast
the bread in a toaster.
Transfer the chiles to a blender with a slotted spoon, reserving the
stock. Add the onions, tomatoes, garlic, and toast and puree until smooth,
adding stock as necessary to obtain a thick paste. Note: A blender works
better than a food processor for this purpose.
Transfer the chile mixture to a large, nonstick frying pan and cook over
medium heat, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in the
reserved stock, parsnips, and potatoes and half the parsley and cook,
uncovered, stirring often, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the vegetables
are just tender. The recipe can be prepared ahead to this stage.
Stir in the fava beans, corn, sherry, and vinegar and simmer for 5
minutes, or until the beans and corn are thoroughly heated. Correct the
seasoning, adding salt, sherry, or vinegar to taste. The mixture should be
highly seasoned. If the stew is too thick, add a little more stock. If too
thin, simmer the stew, uncovered, to evaporate the excess liquid.
Transfer the stew to a bowl or platter and sprinkle with the remaining
parsley. Rice or polenta would make a nice accompaniment.