Black-Eyed Peas with Tomato Sauce, or Carillas con Tomate, is a popular stew in Spain. Black-eyed peas are a legume with a distinctive black spot or "eye" in the middle of each one. This recipe is proof that good-tasting food does not need to be complicated. Carillas are tasty when simmered with Spanish chorizo sausage, garlic, bay leaf, and tomato sauce.
Note: Mexican or Caribbean varieties of chorizo cannot be used as substitutes for Spanish chorizo in Spanish recipes. If you need a substitute, try using Portuguese Linguica sausage, which is generally very similar to Spanish chorizo, and widely available in U.S. supermarkets.
- 1 pound dry black-eyed peas
- Sofrito (Spanish tomato sauce)
- 1/2 pound chorizo, sliced
- 1 dry bay leaf
- Salt to taste
- Soak black-eyed peas in a bowl or a large pot for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Make sure that the water level is at least 3 inches above the peas.
- After soaking the peas, drain water from pot. Add water to at least 1 inch above the peas. Add bay leaf and sliced Spanish chorizo. Place pot on burner on high heat and bring to a boil.
- While you are waiting for the water to boil, make the sofrito -- here is an easy recipe. Add sofrito to the pot and add salt to taste. Once peas come to a boil, reduce to medium heat and simmer until peas are soft -- approximately 1 hour. (If you use a pressure cooker instead of a standard pot, cook peas on high pressure for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow pressure to drop naturally. This may take 10 to 15 minutes.)
- Serve hot in bowls. Serve with French-style bread.