August 2, 2013

Flavorful Friday - Groundnut Stew

I like variety in my diet. Sometimes it feels like I am cooking the same things over and over. They are yummy and family favorites, and there is nothing wrong with that. But it can also be good to try something new.

Recently I dipped into the ethnic section of my low salt cookbook, and discovered a delicious dish. Groundnut stew is a recipe from Africa. And while I doubt the traditional version included peanut butter, this has become one of my new favorites!



Ingredients:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8-ounce) package mushrooms, sliced
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
i cup peel and cubed eggplant
1 serrano pepper, minced
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into strips
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon pepper1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
5 cups low sodium chicken broth, divided
1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes
1/2 cup no salt added peanut butter
1/4 cup chopped unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup chopped green onion

Preparation:

Melt butter in large pot
Cook onion, garlic, and mushroom 8 minutes
add sweet potato, eggplant, and serrano
Cook and stir 8 minutes
Add chicken, paprika, marjoram, pepper and cayenne pepper, cook 3 to 4 minutes
Add 4 cups chicken broth and tomatoes
Simmer 25 minutes until chicken is done
Blend peanut butter with remaining 1 cup broth; add to stew
Simmer 10 minutes
Garnish with chopped peanuts and green onions

Yield:

Serves 6

I am not a fan of eggplant, so I do not include it when I make this dish. I also prefer to use chicken breasts and cube them so a knife is not required for eating.

SPECIAL NOTE: I have a friend whose daughter is allergic to peanuts. She is thinking about trying this recipe with some modifications. I've asked her to let me know how it turns out, and if she likes it, I will invite her to share her version here!


This recipe comes from the KNACK© Make It Easy Low Salt Cookbook, Morris Book Publishing, LLC, 2010

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