Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sweet Potato Peanut Stew

I made a recipe out of Joy of Cooking. I fully intended to take a photo before eating it for lunch today, but it smelled so good, and I was so hungry, that this is all you get:
Sorry about that.

Sweet Potato Peanut Stew

In about 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil, saute:
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced

In the meantime, brown and drain about 12 oz of ground beef. 

Add to the peppers/onions:
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced

Saute for 2 minutes. 

1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" chunks
1 can tomato paste

Add water to cover the sweet potatoes and simmer for 45 minutes. 

At the end of simmering time, scoop out about 1/2 c of liquid into a bowl and stir in:
1/2 c peanut butter

Add to the vegetables:
peanut butter/liquid mixture
ground beef
2 small zucchinis, sliced

Simmer until warmed through.

Salt and pepper to taste. 

I ate it with a handful of roasted/salted peanuts on top. And I made the following cornbread to go with it:

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread, prepared per package (you'll need 2 eggs and 2/3 c milk)
1 c shredded cheddar
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1/2 tsp ground cumin

Saute the onion and pepper in about 1-2 Tbsp olive oil.

Mix the cornbread per package instructions and add remaining ingredients. Bake per package. (9x9 pan for about 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.)

A couple notes about the recipes:
1. I started cooking with a frozen block of ground beef. Grandma suggested I put a little water in the pan and put the lid on it and "steam" the ground beef thaw. It worked, and then the cooking liquid cooked off.
2. Instead of using olive oil, I cooked the ground beef first and used some of the beef grease. I know, that's probably gross, but it worked.
3. The cornbread is really amazing with a smear of pimento cheese spread.

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