Feeling adventurous? Give a hearty bowl of African Chicken Peanut Stew a try!
African Chicken Peanut Stew
I am finally coming up for air after moving into our new home and ready to resume my joy of cooking and food blogging! Today’s posts focuses on all things African, in honor of our book club selection Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah FYI – This was an interesting and entertaining read that I would recommend.
African Chicken Peanut Stew was the South African dish I selected for the main course. It is a hearty combination of chicken, peanut butter and sweet potatoes with a nice little kick of cayenne for heat. In all honesty, my stew ended up getting a little thicker than I preferred. The recipe called for simmering for 60-90 minutes and I went the full 90 minutes. I would recommend going 60 minutes. This should provide enough time for both the chicken and the potatoes to get tender. It will also prevent the potatoes from cooking down too far, which is what caused my stew to thicken up. The flavor was still excellent though.
Mealie Bread (South African Sweetcorn Bread) accompanied our stew. Whole corn kernels are blended into the cornbread, giving it a unique and chewy texture.
Citrus Winter Salad
I also served Citrus Winter Salad, a recipe I found in the HyVee magazine, along with the stew. My version included a few modifications based on preferences and availability of ingredients. I used canned Mandarin oranges in place of the blood oranges because they were not in stock. I also added some pomegranate seeds for a little additional color. Instead of baby kale I used mixed greens and also substituted thinly sliced green onions for the red onion. As I’ve said before, salads are a template, which can be easily customized!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse
We wrapped up the evening with Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse. This easy-to-make dessert is both a crowd please and feeds a crowd (10 servings), making it perfect for Thanksgiving. It features a graham cracker crust layer and a mousse made from cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. It’s topped off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Yummy!
I hope you enjoy the African Chicken Peanut Stew and the other recipes found at the links provided above.