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Lentejas con Chorizo | A Taste of Asturias Spain with Lentils & Chorizo Cooked in Your Home Kitchen!



This was my first time cooking lentejas (lentils) here in Spain at home, in the Asturian-style, with chorizo and some vegetables. The lentils served here in Spain blow my mind--everybody cooks them, and what a joy to try cooking them at home!


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Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 links of cured, Asturian-style chorizo, large dice

5 cloves of garlic, whole

1/4 leek, finely sliced

1 onion, medium dice

1 carrot, small dice

1 celery stalk, small dice

1/2 red bell pepper, small dice

1/4 cup white wine

1.5 cups lentils

4.25 cups water

2 bay leaves

1 Tbsp Kosher salt


Instructions:

(1) Add 2 Tbsp of olive oil to the bottom of a soup pot, and add the chorizo. Increase heat to medium and stir and cook for 3 minutes.


(2) Prepare your chopped vegetables.


(3) Add the garlic, leeks, onions, carrot, carrot, celery stalk, and red bell pepper to the pot with the chorizo, and allow the vegetables to cook down with the chorizo for about 20 minutes.


(4) Add the white wine and stir, and continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until the liquid has almost completely evaporated.


(5) Take 1/2 of the cooked vegetable mix, and remove the bits of chorizo. (Put the chorizo back in the cooking pot).


(6) Blend half of your vegetables using an immersion blender.


(7) Return this mix back to the cooking pot.


(8) Add the lentils, and stir to combine.


(9) Add the 4.25 cups of cold water, along with the bay leaves and 1 Tbsp of Kosher salt.


(10) Bring to a simmer, and reduce the heat to low.


(11) Skim any scum that floats to the surface.


(12) Cook on low heat until the lentils are fully tender.


(13) Serve hot, with something green like fresh cilantro as a garnish.


Watch the video for the methodology--There are a million variations, but I absolutely loved how these came out! https://youtu.be/ezStXj6ryO8


Equipment and Supplies:

Buy yourself some decent lentils (lentejas!): https://amzn.to/3NiQUvT


For a nice wooden spatula with a flat end: https://amzn.to/3CDNS0u


The Wusthof 8" chef’s knife I use: https://amzn.to/3PhQgBx


If you are looking for a solid microplane: https://amzn.to/3N7PNPL


Nice immersion blender from KitchenAid: https://amzn.to/3CQym1v


If you are in the market for a higher-end chef's knife: https://amzn.to/3qJ9xBA




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