Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach and Chickpeas)
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Spanish
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Serves: 4
 
A Spanish style espinacas con garbanzos recipe (spinach and chickpea stew) that will have you craving another bite!
Ingredients
  • 1 jar (around 500g or 18 ounces) of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) (note: you could also soak and cook dried garbanzos for even more delicious results, but I find that good quality canned beans do the trick nearly as well)
  • 1 large bag (around 300 grams/10 ounces) fresh spinach, washed
  • 2 thick slices of day old bread (sourdough works well) with crusts removed and cut into cubes
  • 15 blanched unsalted Marcona almonds
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar if sherry vinegar is hard to come by)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Ground cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Smoked Spanish paprika (I use pimentón dulce, but you could also use pimentón picante)
Instructions
  1. Coat a large saucepan with extra virgin olive oil (approx. 2 T) and heat to medium high
  2. Before the oil gets too hot, add the spinach (in batches if necessary)
  3. Sauté the spinach until just wilted and remove to strain in a colander
  4. Re-coat the pan with olive oil and add in the bread cubes and raw almonds. Fry until the bread and almonds are browned and crispy on each side
  5. Add the chopped garlic, cumin, cayenne and black pepper and sauté for a couple of minutes, until the garlic is fragrant and turning brown
  6. Transfer the ingredients to a blender/food processor and add the sherry vinegar
  7. Blend the ingredients together until you have a thick paste (don't over blend and make it gooey)
  8. Return the paste to the saucepan and add your garbanzo beans and tomato sauce
  9. Stir gently until the chickpeas are fully coated by the sauce and add a bit of water to thin things out
  10. Add the spinach and stir gently until it is evenly incorporated and hot
  11. Season with salt and pepper
  12. Once plated, drizzle a swirl of extra virgin olive oil on top of each dish, then sprinkle a small amount of smoked Spanish paprika on top
  13. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4
Recipe by Spanish Sabores - Simple Spanish Recipes & Travel Tips at https://spanishsabores.com/2014/08/17/espinacas-con-garbanzos-spinach-chickpeas/