Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Roast Potato, Chorizo & Broad (Fava) Beans


In the Afrikaans culture, the stereotypical male's favourite meal is "rys, vleis en aartappels" (rice, meat & potatoes), which to be honest, has never really appealed to me. I mean, where's the vegetables people? The vitamins & minerals? Or are we on a one way track to scurvy-ville?

And yet I found myself making something which fits this category eerily well. Meat? Check. Potatoes? Check. I'm just missing the rice component or I would've been ready to embark on my alternate universe career of "stoere boere vrou" (staunch farmer's wife). But this ain't your normal meat 'n potatoes dish. It's spicy and smoky from the chorizo sausage, starchy and crispy from the roast potatoes, sweet and tender from the roasted onions with a lovely hit of both colour and flavour from the broad (fava) beans and squirt of lemon juice. 

Piled high on a plate, coupled with a glass of wine, overlooking the mountains of Stellenbosch from our balcony and accompanied by TheHusband, this made for a fine meal indeed.

Roast Potato, Chorizo & Broad (Fava) Beans
Adapted from The Sunday Times
Serves 2 - 3

6 medium potatoes, scrubbed and cut into cubes
1 large onion, cut into chunks
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
350g spicy chorizo sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 - 2 lemons, halved
500g broad (fava) beans, removed from their pods

1. Spread potatoes and onions onto a baking tray and toss with olive oil and salt. Roast at 180C for approximately 15 minutes.
2. Add chorizo to the potatoes and onions, squeeze lemon juice over the contents of the baking tray and return to the oven for another 15 - 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, steam broad (fava) beans for 3 - 4 minutes or until skins start to look light green/greyish. Remove from casings, discarding casings, then add to the chorizo/potato/onion mixture about 5 minutes before the end of their oven time. 


Serve warm from the oven, with some extra lemons to squeeze over and a glass of wine. 

30 comments:

Miriam/The Winter Guest on October 05, 2010 10:35 p.m. said...

Fava beans and chorizo make a great combination... at least with Spanish chorizo... yum.

Colleen on October 05, 2010 11:01 p.m. said...

Stunning dish. So colourful and pretty. Well done. I could easily have a late night bowl full now :o)

Joanne Bruno on October 06, 2010 1:55 a.m. said...

Hmm so it sounds like the Afrikaans "mens dish" is truly not so different from the American one! This is a way more dressed up version. I love the sound of those fava beans in there! just delicious.

swathi said...

Looks awesome. Nice dish.

City Share on October 06, 2010 3:40 a.m. said...

I don't think I have ever cooked with fava beans. I didn't realize that they were so green. They look very similar to lima beans. I'll have to check them out. The combination of the chorizo, potatoes and beans look delicious.

Arnold on October 06, 2010 5:47 a.m. said...

This looks simply delicious. I am not quite sure where I can get hold of chorizo sausage but I would imagine normal pork sausage would work as a substitute. Thanks for this.

Pam @ Kitchen Cookware on October 06, 2010 6:52 a.m. said...

I love fava beans and green fava beans are heavenly. I may make this as a tofu or seitan instead of chorizo as I am vegetarian! Looks so good. Yumm-o!

Marisa on October 06, 2010 6:59 a.m. said...

That'd be superb. I'd add some smoked paprika to give that spicy smoky taste to the tofu or seitan.

Marisa on October 06, 2010 7:30 a.m. said...

Rudi's make the most delicious chorizo and you should also be able to find a decent one at most Spar supermarkets. If you do use normal pork, I'd suggest adding some smoked paprika for that spicy flavour.

Rosemary Gough on October 06, 2010 11:02 a.m. said...

I can see why this was a winner @tastespotting - great meal, great photo. I love the combination of flavours, textures and colours. Well done!

polkadotcupcake on October 06, 2010 11:29 a.m. said...

you are giving me such wonderful ideas for my fava beans that are sitting hugely on my kitchen counter! and dontcha love how chorizo fancies up almost anything, with their spicy, smokey deliciousness? so easy to love.. the hubby is gonna be getting this one this week!

Marisa on October 06, 2010 11:35 a.m. said...

Glad to be of service! I see we're getting even more on Thursday, so I'll have to come up with some more recipes. :-) Rudi's Deli has the best chorizo btw.

Marisa on October 06, 2010 11:35 a.m. said...

Hehehe, yup, seems men are the same all over the world!

Marisa on October 06, 2010 11:36 a.m. said...

Thanks Rosemary! Was feeling slightly uninspired with the photo taking last night, so very glad it turned out so well.

willemodendaal on October 06, 2010 12:01 p.m. said...

Omnomnom.

Tom Robbins on October 06, 2010 5:05 p.m. said...

Sounds lovely where can you buy fresh fava beans?

Lingbo Li on October 06, 2010 6:23 p.m. said...

Looks like so much yum! The colors are intense!

justfoodnow said...

I had an uncle who (and he was deadly serious at the time) happily told us that his wife had persuaded him to eat a more balanced meal. I was a child at the time and he told me "ja kyend, Grieta het gese ek moet meer groente een, nou eet ek vleis en rrrrys en dan hoender vir groente" (yes child, Gretel said I need to eat more vegetables and now I have meat and rice but with chicken for vegetables). I never did find out whether he was joking, but he looked deadly serious to me.

Marisa on October 06, 2010 7:41 p.m. said...

It's like my dad used to joke - hoender is groente en wors is nagereg. ;-)

Marisa on October 06, 2010 7:42 p.m. said...

You'll probably see them called broad beans over here. I ordered mine through a veggiebox system (Ethical Co-op), but you'll be able to find them at farmer's markets as well as places like Fruit & Veg. They're in season now, so enjoy!

Faith on October 06, 2010 8:18 p.m. said...

My hubby is a real meat, potatoes, and rice guy too. :) What a pretty casserole! The broad beans add such a pretty splash of green color.

Eliana on October 06, 2010 11:12 p.m. said...

This is the perfect dish when you're craving meat and potatoes (which for me is quite often). hehe

Sharon said...

OMW dit lyk fantasties!! Sommer lekker maklik!
*wonder of ek sommer boerewors kan gebruik pleks van Chorizo?*

Giulia Scarpaleggia on October 11, 2010 1:49 a.m. said...

OMG! This is a match of flavour I really adore! Male or female, it's perfect!

Marisa on October 11, 2010 12:49 p.m. said...

Hoekom nie? Local is mos lekker!

Spoon and Chopsticks on October 14, 2010 6:06 a.m. said...

I like the combination of ingredients used.

http://spoon-and-chopsticks.blogspot.com/

Tom Robbins said...

Ta found them at the Biscuit Mill Neighbourgoods Market today

Katymaria on October 15, 2010 3:33 a.m. said...

Love the colors in there!

Marisa on October 15, 2010 3:38 p.m. said...

Super - glad you got 'em. Now enjoy eating them. :-)

Judy on October 24, 2010 3:17 a.m. said...

mmmm.... chorizo and potatoes......no way to go wrong there! the beans do add a fresh pop, and I can almost taste the tingling of the lemon. a great throw together dish for a weekend!

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