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Rioja-Style Potatoes with Chorizo

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • HEALTHY
  • STAFF-FAVORITE

One of the Rioja's most famous dishes contains many of the region's signature ingredients: bell peppers, potatoes and chorizo, simmered in a smoky sauce thickened by the potato starch. "Simple foods based on simple ingredients go very well with wine," Janet Mendel says.

  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  4. 1 small portobello mushroom, stemmed and cap thinly sliced
  5. 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  6. 1 bay leaf
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pimentón de la Vera (smoked Spanish paprika)
  8. Pinch of crushed red pepper
  9. 2 cups water
  10. 6 ounces dry Spanish chorizo, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  11. Salt
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until softened, 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and portobello and stir to coat with oil. Add the green pepper, bay leaf, paprika, crushed red pepper and water and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook the potatoes over low heat for 10 minutes. Add the chorizo and simmer over moderately low heat until the potatoes are tender, 20 minutes. Season with salt, discard the bay leaf and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Peppery, medium-bodied Rioja.

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