'Fabada' (Asturian bean stew)
Principality of Asturias
Ingredients for 4 people: 400 g of fabes (French beans) 200 g of Asturian spicy sausage 200 g of Asturian black puddings (dry, smoked) 200 g of shoulder of pork 100 g of bacon or streaky bacon 6 sprigs of saffron Salt
Put the beans to soak overnight in cold water. Also place the shoulder of pork and the bacon in another container with warm water. Next day, wash the black pudding and the spicy sausage. Then place the beans in a wide-based earthenware dish with enough water to cover them by a couple of fingers. Boil uncovered on a high flame, removing any scum with a skimming spoon. Add the shoulder of pork and the bacon and simmer with the lid on for 2 hours, moving the dish around from time to time. Season and add the saffron, spicy sausage and the black pudding, leaving it all to cook together for approximately quarter of an hour.Taste the beans to check they are tender and leave to stand for half an hour before serving.
Serve in the same earthenware dish. Offer with 'compango' (black pudding, spicy sausage, shoulder of pork and bacon) cut into pieces in a separate dish.
Category: First course
Cooking time: More than 2 and a half hours
Season: Autumn-WinterFind out more about The cuisine of Asturias