Serious Eats: Recipes
Dinner Tonight: Chickpeas and Chorizo
I know this dish probably doesn't look like much. It's lumpy and kind of monotone (my wife charitably commented, once I'd put it into bowls, that "it looks kind of like prison food"). But like people, all dishes can't be attractive, and certainly not everything that's tasty has to be good-looking. This is one of those dishes, which I found on the blog Garlic Makes it Better, and it's true to its source: plenty of garlic and onion softened in glorious red-hued chorizo fat, aromatic spices like cumin, and a nice mix of textures from the creamy chickpeas to caramelized bits of sausage.
Once the chorizo is crumbled and cooked off, the dish proceeds much like a curry, the spices toasting and marrying in fat to create a powerful base of flavor for the dish. From there, it's just a matter of adding the rest of the ingredients and allowing them to cook and soak up flavor. The result is satisfying, flavorful, easy to prepare, and very economical. And makes great leftovers.