Like peanut butter? Chicken? Then this African chicken peanut stew by Hank is for you. Perfect for chilly weather. ~Elise
Chicken, sweet potatoes and peanuts are one of those magical flavor combinations that make me feel all warm and happy, especially because I never would have thought to do this 20 years ago, when I met some fellow University of Wisconsin students from Ghana who made this stew at their apartment. Chicken groundnut stew is, in various forms, common all over West Africa, and this is my version, inspired by my colleagues at UW.
When it comes to holiday dinners, the more dishes you can make ahead, the better, right? Mashed potatoes are central to our holiday meals (how else can you make gravy volcanos?) and they are the easiest thing in the world to make ahead. Stress-free! (At least the potato part.)
Have you ever had this classic Sicilian side dish? It's made with leafy greens that you sauté with garlic in olive oil and toss with toasted pine nuts and raisins. It may sound like an odd combination, but it works; it's sweet, savory, salty, spicy and just a little bitter. And as my mother would say—well balanced.