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Chickpea and Spinach Stew
© Tina Rupp

Chickpea and Spinach Stew

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In Seville, chickpeas and spinach (garbanzos con espinacas) is a popular dish served in both fine restaurants and tapas bars. It's simple but incredibly tasty, with plenty of flavor from tomato, raisins and saffron.

  1. 1 cup water
  2. 10 ounces baby spinach
  3. 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  4. Kosher salt
  5. Pinch of saffron threads
  6. 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  8. Pinch of ground cloves
  9. Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  10. Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas with their liquid
  11. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  12. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  13. 1 large tomato—peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
  14. 1/4 cup golden raisins
  15. Crusty bread, for serving
  1. Pour the water into a large deep skillet and bring to a boil. Add the spinach leaves and cook over high heat, tossing frequently, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Drain the spinach in a colander, pressing hard on the leaves to extract the liquid. Coarsely chop the spinach.
  2. Using the flat side of a large knife, mash the garlic to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the saffron. Transfer the garlic paste to a small bowl. Add the paprika, cumin, cloves and black pepper and mash until combined. Stir in 1/4 cup of the chickpea liquid.
  3. Wipe out the skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil to the skillet and heat until shimmering. Add the onion and tomato and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until they are softened, about 3 minutes. Add the spiced garlic sauce to the onion and tomato in the skillet and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the chickpeas and the remaining liquid to the skillet. Add the raisins and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Add the spinach, reduce the heat to moderate, and simmer for 15 minutes. Transfer the chickpea stew to 4 deep bowls, drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil on top, and serve.
Serve With Crusty bread.


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