Saturday, November 12, 2005

West African Peanut Stew - NOT VEGETARIAN!

There were no good pictures of the stew (almost all vegetarian versions with no rice), so instead I've posted a pic of a Malian lady in traditional native dress (another one of my hobbies). The title bar link goes to some interesting info on this country.

This is a great family meal, I got it out of some cookbook that a relative who shall remain nameless (!) gave me. This was the only good recipe in that whole dang book, so I copied this one recipe out and Goodwill got another book to sell...

West African Chicken & Ground nut Stew

2 whole boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 tbl veg oil
1 med onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 28oz can tomatoes, undrained (pureed if whole)
1 15.5oz can great northern beans undrained
1 11 oz can corn DRAINED
1 potato, peeled & chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tbl tomato paste
1 ts salt
1 ts chili powder
1/2 ts ginger
1/2 ts cayenne pepper
Hot Rice

In 4-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook chicken in oil until no longer pink, stirring frequently. add onion and garlic, cook & Stir 3-4 min or until onion is tender. Add remaining ingredients, mix well. bring to a boil. reduce heat to med-low ; cover & cook for 30 min or until potato is tender (may add tomato stuff last, as tomato products prevent the potatoes from cooking completely) serve over hot rice.

Chicken - of course, boneless breasts or thighs are easier to use, but more expensive
Potatoes-add more if you want to stretch the meal
Peanut Butter-I love peanut butter, so I've always doubled or tripled the recipe amount
Ginger-it's weird, but don't leave it out, I made it once from memory & forgot it - it definitely adds something!
Garlic-you can buy pre-minced garlic for faster prep and less mess
Hot Spices-adjust the chili powder & cayenne pepper to your or your family's taste


The Moody Minstrel said...

Wow...I had no idea that Mali was such a colorful country! Then again, Africa remains the part of the world we know the least about, and the reasons for that aren't something to be proud of (even if I end my sentence with a preposition).

jnimtbp - The Bantu word for "fish head".

Don Snabulus said...

jnimtbp, jnimtbp
Roly poly - jnimtbp
jnimtbp, jnimtbp
eat them up, yum.