Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday: African Groundnut Chop

This dish is such a great change from the norm! As stated in my meal plan, this is an African dish. It has a little bit of a kick to it, but not too much for my toddlers. This past weekend our church had an dinner with African food and this was one of the entrees. They had so much left over, that we were able to take some home for one of our meals this week. I have not made this recipe, just tasted it.... but plan to make it on my own again soon!

Groundnut Chop Here is what you need:

1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
3 lbs chicken pieces, skin removed (you can definitely use less chicken and still have a full meal for 6)
1 lb beef, cut into chunks
2-3 tomatoes
1 onion
2 fresh hot peppers, seeded
1 TB peanut oil
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp ground red pepper
2 TB tomato paste
1/2 C smooth, unsweetened peanut butter
6 hardboiled eggs, peeled (optional for topping)

Step 1: Mix salt and ground ginger in small bowl, and rub thoroughly into chicken pieces on all sides. Cover and leave at room temperature for 30 minutes

Step 2: In a food processor or blender, grind tomatoes, onion and hot peppers until smooth- set aside

Step 3: Heat oil in a large, heavy non-stick pan. Add chicken pieces and beef. Brown well on both sides over medium high heat. Remove from pan and set aside.

Step 4: Add ground vegetables to pan and simmer for about 15 minutes, uncovered

Step 5: Add red pepper, salt, thyme, tomato paste and 2 cups water. Mix well and bring to a boil.

Step 6: Measure peanut butter into small, heat-resistant bowl. Ladle about 1 cup of broth from the sauce into the bowl and mix well with the peanut butter. Stir this paste back into pan with the sauce.

Step 7: Return chicken and beef to pot. Simmer uncovered on medium heat, 30-45 minutes- until chicken is fully cooked.

Step 8: Add whole peeled eggs to sauce during the last 10 minutes of cooking. You can remove the eggs after the sauce is cooked and serve them sliced with other toppings (coconut, mango, pineapple, sliced almonds etc.) or you can leave them whole in the sauce.

Step 9: Serve over rice and spoon toppings on top.

This is a recipe that will easily feed 6 people.

Everyone in my family enjoyed this recipe and I plan to try to make it! Let me know if you make it for your family and how they liked it!

1 comment:

Natalie said...

what an interesting dish! I love trying new cuisines!