Saturday, October 8, 2011

October 4: Chorizo-Tomato Stew on Garlic Croutons with Zesty Parsley Sprinkle

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling
3/4  pound chorizo sausage, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, 2 chopped and 1 crushed
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
6 medium red potatoes, cut in half and then thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
   Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 15-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, such as Muir Glen brand
2 cups chicken stock or broth
4 thick slices crusty country-style bread
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
   Zest of 1 lemon
   Zest of 1 orange

Preheat a large soup pot over medium-high heat with the 2 tablespoons of EVOO. Add the chorizo and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes.

Add the 2 cloves of chopped garlic, the onions, celery, carrots, potatoes, thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and chicken stock and bring up to a bubble, then turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

While the stew is simmering, toast the bread in the broiler or in a toaster oven. Rub with the crushed garlic clove and then drizzle EVOO over it and reserve.

Pile the parsley leaves, lemon zest, and orange zest on a cutting board. Run your knife through the pile until the parsley is finely chopped and the zests are completely incorporated into the parsley; reserve.

To serve, arrange the garlic croutons in the bottom of 4 shallow soup bowls, ladle some of the chorizo tomato stew on top of the garlic croutons, toss a little of the zesty parsley sprinkle over the stew, and serve.


This was a pretty good stew. I have never seen sliced chorizo in the store before, but I found some in my church pantry... funny. Anyway, I changed the servings from 4 to 6. I only made 1/2 the recipe and it lasted us for more than 2 days! I had to put a lid on the stew while it was cooking so the veggies would soften. There just wasn't enough liquid for it to last otherwise.

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