John’s White Beans & Clams

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This is a take on a number of very typical Portuguese dishes, such as Octopus Rice, White Beans and Shellfish, and Rice and Shellfish.

Ingredients:
500 gm White Beans
1kg of Fresh Clams in Shells
600 gm Tinned Tomatoes
1 Onion Chopped
1 Pint of Chicken Stock
2 Cloves of Garlic Chopped
1 x Small Chorizo – Cubed
3 x Sprigs of Rosemary
1 x Handful of Coriander
1 x Teaspoon of Oregano Flowers

Method:

Fry off the garlic and onions and chorizo for a few minutes, add the tomatoes, and the herbs into the pot, add the chicken stock and season with salt and pepper.  Add the beans either rinsed from a jar or can or drained from soaking overnight. Stew for about 1.5 hours, then take out some beans and mash them up with a fork and add back to the pot.  This will help to thicken the sauce.  Also add a touch of Tomato puree/polpa if you think it necessary . Add clams when ready to serve and simmer gently for 10mins or until all shells appear to be open.

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