Monday, February 14, 2011

A tasty treat

The first thing that passes my mind when I think of peanut butter is crunchy cookies, a salty balance for jam or the stuff that fills the center of gooey chocolates.  Here in Ghana it becomes a staple for dinner.  For something new, try Groundnut Soup (groundnuts are what we call peanuts).

  • Ingredients:

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • large onions, finely chopped

  • large very ripe tomatoes or 13 ounces canned tomatoes

  • 6 1/2 ounces creamy peanut butter

  • 3 1/2 pints boiling water

  • red chile, to taste

  • 4 -8 mushrooms (optional)

  • Directions:

  • 1. Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water, peel off the skin and blend the flesh to a smooth juice. If using canned tomatoes, blend.

  • 2. Put the peanut butter into a big bowl, add 3/4 pt. of the boiling water and use a wooden spoon or a blender to blend the peanut butter and water carefully together to form a creamy, smooth sauce.

  • 3. Mix together the tomatoes, peanut butter mixture, red chilies and mushrooms.

  • 4. Continue to simmer, stirring only occasionally to prevent the food sticking to the bottom of the pan. This is now the basic soup.

  • 5. Pour the rest of the boiling water into the soup and simmer slowly on medium heat for 20 mins or so.

  • Serve over rice.  Enjoy!

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