For the past 12 years, I have made West African Groundnut Stew every fall and winter. Not that it wouldn't be enjoyable all year round, but it's especially fabulous when you're wanting something hearty while you stay cozy indoors.
Above is the start of something beautiful, and below is the original recipe from my then co-worker, June, at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.
I have included my version of it in brackets, and I'm sure there are plenty of ways you can make this recipe your own!
West African Groundnut Stew
- 2 onions, chopped (additional chopped green onion is also fabulous)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (I add about 8 - sometimes more because garlic rocks)
- 3 tbsp. sesame oil (or any kind - I use olive oil)
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper (I like to add more)
- 2 cups green cabbage, chopped (I don’t measure. I just use ½ a cabbage. Also, I often use purple cabbage but it does make the stew look kinda gross by the end, FYI)
- 2 cups carrots, chopped (I add more)
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1” cubes (I usually add 3)
- 2 cups tomato juice (I use V8 if I have it around)
- 1 cup apple cider (I use apple juice most times)
- 1 tsp salt (no need for this)
- 1 tsp fresh ginger root peeled and grated (I usually double or triple the amount)
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (I've never added this)
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 3 cups okra (I’ve never put this in but I do use spinach and/or kale or sometimes no greens at all)
- ¾ cup peanut butter (I use 1 cup)
- 1 cup unsalted peanuts (I sometimes use cashews - so good!)
1. Saute the onions in the oil with the cayenne and garlic.
2. Add the carrots, cabbage and sweet potatoes and continue to sauté.
3. Add the juices, salt, ginger, cilantro, and tomatoes.
4. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender.
5. Add the okra and simmer for 5 more minutes.
6. Stir in the peanut butter and peanuts and simmer for 5 minutes.
7. Serve on rice (I haven’t done this - I just eat it as is)
P.S. If I have leftover ground beef or quinoa, I like to add them to my leftover stew. So good! This dish is incredibly versatile so get creative with it and enjoy!