Menestra

Menestra, or menestra de verduras, is a light, comforting Spanish Serrano or Iberico ham and vegetable stew popular in La Rioja and Navarra. It is a very flexible dish and can be made with any vegetables that are in season, so feel free to swap out the veg depending on what you have in.

First published in 2022
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Method

1

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Add the carrots and green beans and cook for around 5 minutes, or until just tender

2

Remove the carrots and green beans and add the halved new potatoes. Cook for around 10 minutes or until completely tender

3

Remove the potatoes from the water and add the spring onions, spinach and peas. Blanch them for around 1 minute or until the spinach just starts to wilt, and then drain

4

Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add a dash of olive oil. Once hot, add the ham and fry until crisp. Remove from the pan and set aside

  • olive oil
  • 4 slices of jamón serrano, sliced
5

Add the garlic and artichokes and fry until the garlic is soft

6

Add the plain flour and cook out, stirring frequently

  • 1 tbsp of plain flour
7

Add the white wine and cook until it has mostly evaporated, then add the beef stock

  • 150ml of white wine
  • 300ml of beef stock
8

Whisk the stock until it thickens, then add back the ham and cooked vegetables

9

Cook for a few minutes more until everything is warmed through, and then serve topped with parsley and another drizzle of olive oil

  • 1 handful of parsley, roughly chopped

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