SWEET POTATO AND RED PEPPER AFRICAN PORK STEW

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  There is nothing more wonderful than the heavenly aroma of a one-dish meal simmering away in the oven while you curl up in a chair with a good book.  This dish has a deliciously exotic flavour created by the dynamic and unusual combination of  sweet potatoes, spices and a little peanut butter.  What I especially love about this recipe -  it is extraordinarily pantry friendly.   There's no rushing around looking for hard to find ethnic ingredients. This West African pork stew is easy to put together yet it is so impressive it would be perfect for a marvelous Friday Night We're Having Friends Over For Dinner.  Unless you are very confident of your butcher don't buy ready-cut-up stewing pork. The important thing to remember is not to cook your stewing pork on a high heat. It will toughen it.  Pork likes to simmer slowly and quietly and will reward you with succulent, fork tender meat.  Serve this dish with lots of warm, crusty bread. Put on some African drum music and start cooking!!      
SWEET POTATO AND RED PEPPER AFRICAN PORK STEW
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: one dish meal
Cuisine: West African stew
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A deliciously flavoured stew made with easily available ingredients.
Ingredients
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 3-pound boneless Boston blade pork roast (Boston Butt) cut into one-inch pieces
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large clove of chopped garlic (about 1 tbsp).
  • 1½ tbsp curry powder
  • 1 generous (or more for added spice) tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbs tomato paste
  • 4 cups chicken or pork stock
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ⅓ cup natural peanut butter
  • Chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • Or chopped green onions for garnish
  • ⅓ cup chopped roasted unsalted peanuts for garnish
Instructions
  1. Generously salt and pepper the pork for 2-3 hours before sauteing.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  3. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  4. Stir in the pork and saute for 5-8 minutes until browned on all sides.
  5. Remove pork from pan and set aside.
  6. Saute onions and red pepper until onions are soft (add a little more oil if necessary).
  7. Add the garlic, curry powder, ginger and red pepper flakes and saute to 2-3 minutes.
  8. Pour in the stock and scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pan.
  9. Stir in the tomato paste and bring mixture to a boil.
  10. Remove from heat and add the meat.
  11. Bake in oven for about 1½ hours or until the meat is tender.
  12. Add the sweet potatoes and continue baking for about ½ hour or until the potatoes are tender. Be careful not to over-cook the sweet potatoes.
  13. Remove from oven and carefully stir in the peanut butter.
  14. Check the seasoning and add more salt and pepper to taste.
  15. Serve in heated soup bowls.
  16. Garnish with parsley or green onions and peanuts.
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