I have written on this site about the origins of the Sobrasada sausage and the fact that the island of Majorca lays claim to being the home of the Sobrasada. No sooner had I done so than a Catalan friend called me to say “it’s not their sausage, it’s ours.”
I never thought I would be arguing over a sausage!
He’s wrong. Yes, this so soft it can be spread sausage is very popular in Catalonia and considered a signature dish in many a restaurant there; but the Balearic Islands have proved they were producing it long before it showed up in cities such as Barcelona.
I got stuck in the middle of a long distance debate over ownership of the Sobrasada. I felt like the meat in a sausage!
Anyway, life is too short to argue about the birthplace of a sausage.
Here is a recipe for Sobrasada served with chicken, butter beans and courgettes. Whisper it quietly, but this recipe comes from the island of Majorca, where they have shops dedicated to this unique sausage.
Use some lovely fresh, deep red and juicy tomatoes to make your tomato sauce. In Spain you will find these sold at fresh food markets. If all else fails, use tinned tomatoes. Should you not know how to make a nice tomato sauce, I have written an article under our “How To” section of this site showing you how to do just that.
Season the chicken breasts on both sides with some salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the chicken breasts skin side down, and cook for five minutes over a medium heat until golden brown. Turn over and cook for a further five minutes. Move the chicken breasts to one side of the pan and add the crushed dried chillies and sobrasada.
Allow the sobrasada to melt into the oil. Turn the chicken breasts over in the now spicy oil until well coated. Lower the heat. Sprinkle over the courgettes. Cover and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.
Uncover the pan, add the cooked butter beans and tomato sauce, re-cover and simmer for five minutes until the beans are heated through.
Sprinkle on the parsley leaves and serve.
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