Saturday, May 12, 2012


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This is going to be a very brief post because I'm cleaning house and making food for some visitors.  But I've been wanting to post this stew for a couple of weeks, but I got sidetracked with rhubarb and spoonbread.

My sister's DNA ancestry test confirmed that there is some Basque on the Spanish side of my father's family, which gives me a special interest in that particular cuisine.  I've only scratched the surface so far, but have discovered that bean stews, or one-dish bean-pots, are very popular in Basque cooking.  They usually contain meat, but that's easily remedied with vegan sausages, seitan, tempeh, etc., as well as full-flavored vegan broths. I look forward to trying other variations on the theme.

We had a guest when I made this, and she was very enthusiastic in her praise!

Printable Recipe

 Serves 4  
Spicy comfort food! Very simple (quick and easy to make), but, oh, so good! Serve with crusty bread to sop up the remaining liquid, or with cornbread, which complements it well.  You might also like to enjoy a glass of red wine with this dish.
2 tablespoons    dark sesame oil  
1 large    onion,chopped or thinly sliced  
2 medium    green bell peppers, seeded and sliced  
2 cans (19 oz.) (or 4 cups cooked)   small red beans (or substitute pinto or Romano beans), rinsed and drained 
2 cups    rich vegetarian broth (preferably made with Better Than Bouillon No-Chicken Vegan Broth Base)
3    Field Roast Chipotle Vegan Sausages or other vegan chorizo, in 1-inch pieces  
OPTIONAL: liquid smoke  
1 tsp    Spanish smoked paprika (pimentón), hot or sweet (the Field Roast Sausages makes the stew quite spicy-hot, so you may want to use the sweet variety)

 Heat the oil in a heavy pot over high heat.  Add the onions and peppers and lower the heat to medium high.  Stir-cook until the onions are soft. (Alternatively, you can microwave the onions and peppers in a covered microwave-safe casserole for about 6 minutes, or until soft.)

Mix the softened onions and peppers in the heavy pot ith the beans, broth, sausage pieces, a few shakes of liquid smoke, and the smoked paprika. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until the stew has thickened a bit.  Serve with crusty bread, rice or cornbread.

 Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 482.6 calories; 27% calories from fat; 14.7g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 784.1mg sodium; 817.2mg potassium; 53.3g carbohydrates; 20.9g fiber; 4.7g sugar; 32.4g net carbs; 36.8g protein; 10.1 points.



spiceislandvegan said...

I love it. I tried it and enjoyed this this. It is spicy and filling. I used adzuki beans (canned).


pretzel said...

Is dark sesame oil the same as toasted sesame oil?

pretzel said...

Oh, I am sorry. I clicked your link and see that they are indeed the same thing. Thanks!