recipe for Casserole de la Cueva has been reproduced
courtesy of Orce
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Spanish chicken casserole with garlic, olives and artichokes.
Named so as this winter casserole recipe has been a
favourite with the local cave dwellers around Orce village
in Granada. The use of olives and artichokes in this
casserole really add some Andalucian flavour. Typically
in a Spanish casserole such as this one any vegetables
can be used as the Spanish cave dwellers would use as
many ingredients up to avoid waste.
for Casserole de la Cueva
4 Chicken legs, boned
4 Garlic cloves, minced
1 Large potato
1 Large courgette
500ml White wine
300g Artichoke hearts
Sprig of Thyme
100ml Single cream
Optional: Carrots, butternut squash, onion, green
to make Casserole de la Cueva
the boned chicken legs into thirds and fry until browned
in the casserole dish.
Add the white wine and cook on a high heat for 5 minutes
until the wine begins to reduce.
Chop the potato into cubes and slice the courgette,
add to the casserole.
Top up with water if required before adding the garlic,
peppercorns and thyme. Simmer on a medium heat for
Add the artichokes, olives and cream to the casserole
and mix well. Cook for a further 10 minutes.
Serve piping hot with fresh crusty bread.
Andalucian Cave Homes
Originally inhabited by the "gitano" or
Spanish gypsy Andalucian cave homes have now been
transformed into modern day eco friendly dwellings.
Found mainly in the Granada region caves were, for
a long time associated with poverty. Nowadays though
caves have all the facilities you would expect to
find in a conventional home.
A real treasure that has come from past generations
of cave dwellers is the old fashioned recipes that
are still made today. Using every scrap of food available
variations of dishes were served to large families
and nothing was wasted. The recipe above is one example,
no rules and ready to be adapted! Other examples of
this kind of Spanish cooking are Flamenco Eggs,
Migas and Sherry Kidneys.
with permission of Orce