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Spanish Caldo Gallego

Recipe By: Jeff Smith
Serving Size: 12 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories: * Spanish Soups/Stews


1/2 pound Dry white beans
1 pound Chicken thighs
1/2 pound Chorizo, Spanish or Mexican -- cut 1/2" pieces
1/2 pound Smoked ham --cut 1/2" dice
1/4 pound Salt pork --chopped
1 medium Onion --chopped
3 Garlic cloves --crushed
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 drops Tabasco sauce
1/2 pound Potatoes -- peeled, quartered,
and sliced
1/2 pound Cabbage --thinly sliced
3 cups Kale --tough stems removed,
and thinly sliced
1/2 pound Turnip --peeled, quartered,
and sliced
Freshly-ground black pepper --to taste
Salt --to taste


Soak the dried white beans overnight in water. Drain well.

In an 8-quart stockpot place 2 1/2 cups water, soaked beans, chicken thighs, chorizo, ham, salt pork, onion, garlic, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer all , covered, for 45 minutes, or until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken from the pot.

Debone the chicken, chop the meat and reserve.

Add to the pot the potatoes, green cabbage, kale, and turnips. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes. Return the boned chicken to the pot and add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Simmer a few more minutes until all is hot, and serve. The soup keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator.

Comments: There are many versions of this wonderful soup, but its roots seem to be in Spain itself. It is a classic combination of beans, meats and vegetables.

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From the 06-10-1992 issue - The Springfield Union-News

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