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Potato and chorizo stew – Nieves Barragán, Sabor

Serves 4

This stew from Rioja is simple but you do need to cut the potatoes correctly (into ‘cachelos’) to ensure that their starch thickens the liquid. Everyone loves this – it’s a very wintry, weekend-y, comforting dish. You can’t get it wrong. In Spain, every mum makes this.


4 potatoes
240g mild or spicy cooking chorizo
25ml extra virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
1 large yellow onion, julienned
2 bay leaves
100ml white wine
1l chicken stock or water, or a 50/50 mixture of both
2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Peel the potatoes. Partially cut into them, then pull them apart into chunky, uneven-edged pieces around 3cm in size. Cut the chorizo to half the size of the potatoes (1.5cm).

Put the olive oil into a big pan on a medium heat, then add the onion and cook gently for about 15 min, without colouring. Add the chorizo and when it starts to caramelise, add the potatoes, bay leaves and wine. Cook until the wine has evaporated, then add the chicken stock and/or water and season.

Half cover the pan with a lid, and continue cooking on a low-medium heat. The more slowly you cook it, the more starch will come out of the potatoes – it should take about 25 min. When the potatoes are cooked through, add the chopped parsley.

Recipe from Sabor by Nieves Barragán Mohacho
(£25, Fig Tree)