Monday, 12 March 2012

Mallorcan Tumbet

Viewing what was remaining in the fridge and cupboard I decided to codge together whatever I could and I came up with my version of a Mallorcan Tumbet.  A Tumbet is a Spanish vegetable dish, similar to a ratatouille.  I happended to have a pack of cooking chorizo so decided that they too needed to be added to the recipe.  I cooked this on the hob in a cast iron lidded pot on low, with a heat diffuser underneath for almost 3 hours and it really, really helped the flavours to come together and was quite delicious because of it.

My Take Mallorcan Tumbet
Serves 2 Approx 10 WW Pro Points (Exclusive of pasta)

200g Cooking chorizo, cut into 1cm slices
1 courgette, chunky chopped
1 red pepper, chunky chopped
1 onion chunky chopped
1 large carrot chunky chopped
1 x 420g can chopped tomatoes (I used canned whole cherry tomatoes)
1 glass red wine
Handful of mushrooms, chunky chopped
Bay leaf
2 Sprigs of thyme
1/2 tsp margoram
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp smoked chili flakes
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp oil

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed lidded pot and gently cook the vegetables, with the exception on the mushrooms and tomatoes for a minute or so.  Add the chorizo and brown slightly, add the herbs and spices,  Pour over the red wine and cook for a further minute then add the tomatoes.  Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, putting a diffuser underneath the pan if necessary and gently simmer away with the lid on for 2 hours, stirring now and then.  After 2 hours add the mushrooms and taste, if too acidic from the tomatoes add a teaspoon of sugar.  Simmer away for a further half hour.  I served this with pasta, but would also be good with boiled and sliced potatoes.

Because the veg is nice and chunky they hold their form over this long cooking time, the chorizo infuses all it's spices into the dish and is so tender, it melts in your mouth.  Adjust the herbs and seasoning to suit yourselves, also if pushed on time the dish is cooked well before the 2 hours, but the flavour is enhanced if left for longer the choice is yours.

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