Monday, 7 October 2013

Cooking with Booze: Quick & Easy Sherry Chorizo Stew

Some nights, you just can't be bothered to cook anything fancy, and just want something with all of the flavour and none of the effort.

That's basically me every night, so I've had to try and be cunning and come up with some fool-proof, full-flavour dishes. And basically, everything I cook has booze in it, which is an added bonus if you ask me.

This sherry chorizo stew plays on the traditional Spanish pairing of a good, dry, tangy fino sherry with delicious, salty, spicy chorizo. And the best part is, there's only a few ingredients, and most of them you've probably already got in your cupboards anyway. Fuss-free!

The fino I used was The Society's Fino for £5.95 from The Wine Society, but basically every supermarket sells a decent bottle of Fino (even ASDA). Opt for the best you can afford. Once opened, it will keep for a few weeks - I find I make this so often that I used up a bottle in no time... Besides, sherry drinking is back with a vengeance (check out my beginner's guide to sherry), and I think we should all be trying as many sherries as we can get our hands on.

Quick and Easy Sherry Chorizo Stew recipe (serves 2-3)


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, crushed
  • Half a glass of fino sherry
  • 1 chorizo ring, skin removed and chopped into small cubes
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin borlotti beans
  • 2 pinches dried thyme

Make it

1. Heat some olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium-high heat and fry the onions and garlic until soft (about five minutes)
2. Add the chorizo and let it sizzle for a couple of minutes, and then add the sherry. Give it all a good stir to make sure the sherry coats the chorizo, and allow to sizzle together for a couple more minutes.
3. Add the tomatoes, beans, and thyme, stir it all through, and reduce to a low-medium heat (enough so the mixture can lightly simmer).
4. Cook for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Serve with crusty bread, a spanish tomato salad, and another large glass of fino.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds SO GOOD. Really shouldn't be reading this before lunch when I'm hungry anyway...