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It’s a shame, a cryin’ shame!  I really feel like the cuisines of Africa are grossly overlooked.  In my ‘International Cuisine’ course in culinary school, only Moroccan and Egyptian foods were even discussed, leaving the rest of the African continent woefully neglected.

In all the whole book case of cookbooks that I have, there were only several variations one African dish, a ground nut stew.  But for me, it seems to have be a good starting place.  You could switch out the proteins in this dish, you could use chicken or pork or even some garbanzo beans if you wanted to make it vegetarian.  I hope that as my cooking explorations continue, that I can learn to make more African dishes.

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African Groundnut Stew –served with bread.  I made a loaf of ciabatta, but any sort of naan or flatbread would be quite nice.

Serves 3-4 – cost approx $.59 per serving

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast, cut in bite size pieces ($.22)
  • salt – to taste
  • red pepper flakes – to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp corriander
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 ” piece of ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, medium diced ($.10)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, medium diced ($.25)
  • 2 carrots, medium dice ($.19)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4-6 cups chicken stock – or vegetable stock if vegetarian
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes ($.30)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter ($.25)
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice

Start by tossing the chicken pieces with the salt and dry spices.  Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot and saute the chicken 3-5 minutes.  Once all the pink is gone from the chicken, add in the ginger, garlic, onion, bell pepper and carrot.  Saute another 5 minutes.  Add in the stock, parsley flakes and bay leaf and bring to a simmer.

Simmer until the chicken and vegetables are cooked, another 10 minutes.  Add in the can of tomatoes with all their juices and return to a simmer, stir in the peanut butter.  Start with 1/4 cup of peanut butter, give it a taste and see if you want to add more spices, salt or peanut butter.  Pretty tasty, no?  Finish with a squirt of lemon juice and your spoon.

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