West African Peanut Stew with Sweet Potatoes (Slow Cooker Recipe)
This recipe for African Peanut Stew has such a bizarre combination of ingredients that it feels like someone closed their eyes and started randomly grabbing things out of the fridge and pantry.
Apple juice with tomatoes and … peanut butter??
But however weird it may sound — it works!
This stew not only tastes delicious, but it’s also very nutritious. It makes a warm, filling meal that’s particularly nice in the fall.
I’ve made this stew for guests a few times and they’ve always been very impressed.
I got this recipe years ago when I was a member of a meal-planning subscription called The Six O’Clock Scramble.
1 cup apple juice
2 cups tomato juice
1/2 cup peanut butter
15 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 chopped onion
4 cups chopped cabbage
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Cooked rice and pita chips for serving (optional)
How to Make the Stew
- Place the peanut butter, apple juice, and tomato juice in the slow cooker.
- Put the slow cooker on high and wait for about ten minutes.
- Whisk to combine.
- Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker and stir well.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
- Serve with rice and pita chips if desired.
Some Possible Substitutions:
I’ve never deviated from this recipe because I like it so much as-is, but here are some suggestions if you want to mix things up, have different ingredients in the house, or have a nut allergy:
- Use sunflower butter instead of nut butter
- Use butternut or acorn squash instead of sweet potatoes.
- Use chard, kale, or spinach instead of cabbage.
How to Peel Sweet Potatoes Instantly
I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy peeling potatoes.
I always make sure I have some good music playing in the background (the Grease soundtrack is one of my favorites for “cooking playlists”), but even that, it’s a pain.
Not only does it take forever, but I always miss patches and have to go back.
Well I haven’t had a chance to try this yet, but according to Divas Can Cook, you can instantly remove potato peel without a peeler by following these steps:
- Use a knife the scores the potatoes around the center
- Boil a pot of water
- Add the potatoes to the water and boil for about 15 minutes
- Remove the potatoes from the pot and place in a bowl of ice water
- Swish the potatoes around in the water for a few seconds
- Remove a potato from the water and the skin should just slip off!
If you happen to try this method before I do, please let us know how well it worked below in the comments.