Perfect winter comfort with white beans that melt in your mouth. Don’t miss this recipe for fabada made in the slow cooker
Fabada is the typical dish from Asturias, a gorgeous and green region from the north of Spain. Food there is amazing, portions are huge, and prices are reasonable.
In conclusion, book your flight. What are you waiting for?
Also, if you want to know more about the history of this dish, continue reading after the recipe.
Fabada (In Slow Cooker)
- 500 g faba asturiana cannellini or other large white beans would work too
- 2 Morcillas Spanish black pudding, could be substituted for an artisanal onion black pudding
- 2 Chorizos
- 150 g Tocino y Lacón substitutes a thick piece of bacon or pancetta
- Soak the beans overnight (10-12 hours) and put them in the slow cooker together with the rest of the ingredients.
- Cover with water, one finger above the beans.
- Cook on low for 8 hours, check the beans and if they are not soft enough leave them longer. Check every 30 min (depends on the type of bean).
- Take the ceramic pot from the slow cooker and move it in circles so the content mixes a bit. IMPORTANT: do not stir with a spoon, the beans might break.
- Cut up the meats on bite site pieces and serve.
More about fabada:
The consumption of “fabes” goes back in Asturias to the 16th century, in which it is known with certainty that it was cultivated in the region. The variety used in fabada is called “de la Granja”, it is a smooth and buttery bean, which makes it very appropriate for this dish. The cultivation of this variety occupies around 2,500 hectares in Asturias.
However, there is not written note naming the dish until the late 1800s. It is also mentioned by some authors the similarities with a french dish called “cassoulet de Languedoc“. It could have been influenced by french pilgrims doing “el camino de Santiago”. But it is all speculation.
Also, as many of my slow cooker recipes, thanks Crockpotting.es for the inspiration.
Her recipe here (in Spanish): http://www.crockpotting.es/fabada-asturiana/