Potato and Chorizo Stew (Patatas a la Riojana)

This simple stew from Rioja is a wonderful, warming Spanish family dish. The rich, salty chorizo combines perfectly with chunks of potato and fragrant olive oil.

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This stew from Rioja is simple but you do need to cut the potatoes correctly (into 'cachelos', see below) 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.

For 4


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


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.

Put the olive oil in a big pan on a medium heat, then add the onion and cook gently for about 15 minutes, without colouring. Add the chorizo and when it starts to caramelize, 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 minutes. When the potatoes are cooked through, add the chopped parsley.

Serve with a drizzle of olive oil to finish, and bread to dip.

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