African Peanut Sweet Potato Stew Recipe

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African Peanut Sweet Potato Stew Recipe
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African Peanut Sweet Potato Stew Recipe

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Back when I was in college, my mom made an addicting sweet potato stew. I shared it with friends, and now all of us serve it to our own kids. They all love it, of course. —Alexis Scatchell, Niles, Illinois
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, halved
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 6 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 cups chopped fresh kale
  • Chopped peanuts and additional cilantro leaves, optional

Directions

Place the first eight ingredients in a food processor; process until pureed. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker; stir in sweet potatoes, beans and water.
Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until potatoes are tender, adding kale during the last 30 minutes. If desired, top each serving with chopped peanuts and additional cilantro. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as African Peanut Sweet Potato Stew in Simple & Delicious August/September 2015

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 349 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 624mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 11g fiber), 10g protein.

  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, halved
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 6 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 cups chopped fresh kale
  • Chopped peanuts and additional cilantro leaves, optional
  1. Place the first eight ingredients in a food processor; process until pureed. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker; stir in sweet potatoes, beans and water.
  2. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until potatoes are tender, adding kale during the last 30 minutes. If desired, top each serving with chopped peanuts and additional cilantro. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as African Peanut Sweet Potato Stew in Simple & Delicious August/September 2015

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Lynda1111 User ID: 6101406 277870
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2017

"So good! This tastes like an authentic African recipe. I am American & married an East African man. The culture was like stepping into a different world from my western heritage & German roots. But I loved the cultures & the foods, as Africans have a way of coming up with the best combination of spices. Traditionally, food is centered around vegetables or grains (varies depending on country & region) & meat is served as a side dish or not at all unless it is a special occasion. Sweet potatoes are a food that is eaten a lot throughout the continent. I followed directions exactly, but chop your kale fine! I used a food processor to chop my kale. I also waited until last 2 hours of cooking to add chickpeas & kale. I also used 1/2 the amount of kale. Be brave & expand your food tastes! This is a delicious, healthy, filling stew. If your family prefers meat at each meal, as many Americans do, fry something like beef flank cut in thin strips with oil with pepper & onion. Serve on the side with this stew. Or make half the recipe & serve this as a side with something like a roast. And put more peanuts on top. I am so happy Alexis shared her mom's excellent recipe."

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