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African Recipe of the Week: African Pineapple Stew

02/24/2010 12:36

Pineapple -

Serve this dish over rice, couscous, or millet for a delicious main-course to tempt the taste buds.

What You'll Need: 

1 cup chopped onions 

2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed 

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 

1 bunch kale or Swiss chard (4 cups sliced) 

2 cups un-drained canned crushed pineapple (20-ounce can) 

1/2 cup peanut butter 

1 tablespoon Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce 

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro salt to taste crushed skinless peanuts chopped scallions 

How to Make the Stew: In a covered saucepan, saute' the onions and garlic in the oil for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are lightly browned. While the onions saute', wash the kale or Swiss chard. Remove and discard the large stems and any blemished leaves. Stack the leaves on a cutting board and slice crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices. Add the pineapple and its juice to the onions and bring to a simmer. Stir in the kale or chard, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring a couple of times, until just tender. Mix in the peanut butter, Tabasco, and cilantro and simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt to taste, and enjoy! Want to try more African recipes? See many more on our Recipe Page.

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