November 17, 2008

Spicy African Sweet Potato Stew

Spicy African Sweet Potato Stew

Spicy, sweet, and chockful of veggies, this healthy stew was flavorful, filling, and hearty. The usual vegetable soup base was used: onion, bell pepper, garlic, beans, and vegetable broth. But added to it were sweet potatoes, hot chiles, and a variety of spices that turned this basic stew into something exotic. The sweet potatoes (plus a tiny bit of brown sugar) really made this, well, sweet. This may sound odd for a stew, but the combination of the sweetness with the veggies was great. I added two chopped serrano chiles, and the heat was definitely evident. Use only one chile for a milder taste. The stew thickened overnight and made it seemingly even more hearty. Leftovers were good, although I added a little vinegar to balance out some of the sweetness. A little tanginess went a long way.

Make again? Yes, with maybe some vinegar added during cooking.

"Spicy African Sweet Potato Stew," The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook, Robin Robertson. Boston: Harvard Common Press, 2002.

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow this sounds lovely. will have to give this a go. Thanks for sharing.