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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Stew

Writer's block. No idea what to say. Help.
Send cold meds. And tissues. And pity. While I'm waiting for those things, here's a really nice stew recipe--good for warming you up, and pretty, too.

Originally found on Allrecipes. Looked good, read the reviews, changed it up a little bit. There (posted by CRVGRL), it's called Brazilian Black Bean Stew. Is it really Brazilian? I don't know. And since I don't know for sure, and it's loaded with good things like sweet potatoes and black beans, Sweet Potato and Black Beab Stew it is. (See that? I didn't mean to spell "beab," but my nose is so stuffy, that must be how it sounded in my head.)

This makes a lot, so you can cut it in half if you're only cooking for a few people. Very much like chili, and not at all sweet from the potatoes and mangoes, and could definitely use more spicy heat. It's got a nice, but subtle smoky flavor from the chorizo and the ham. Good stuff.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Stew

*serves a small crowd

1/2 pound chorizo sausage, chopped
1/3 pound cooked ham, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled, cut in small cubes
1 large red bell pepper, diced
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 small hot green chile pepper, diced
2 cups chicken broth
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp adobo
2 (16 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat a large pot over medium heat, add the chorizo and ham and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
Add the onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
Stir in garlic and cook for another 2 minutes or so.
Stir in the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, undrained (*see note below!) tomatoes, chile pepper, broth, and spices.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. (Be sure you've cut them small enough to cook completely in this time--bite-sized.)
Add the beans and let them heat through, just a couple of minutes.
Stir in the mango and cilantro, and season with salt.

Does that look like a poached egg on there? It's not. It's a dollop of Greek yogurt, with a sprinkle of cayenne.

*Spellchecker says "undrained" should be "untrained." If all you've got is untrained tomatoes, then whip those suckers into shape and show 'em who's boss. Then kindly kick their butts into the pot.

That's all for today. Oh, I'll be waiting for the mail man or the UPS/FedEx guys with your outpourings of love in the form of strong cold medicine and double strength tissues.

Or just get well wishes. Those'll be juuuust fine. :)

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LizNoVeggieGirl said...

I just ate a sweet potato/black bean dish for lunch today!! Love that ingredient combination, for sure.

April was in CA now MA said...

A warm fire, soft blanket and a hot toddy sound like what you need. I'll email it all right over!

I've never had chorizo...I really should get out more.

Bunny said...

Oh my gosh Elle I hope you feel better soon! The stew looks so good. I'll send you some magazines...but I think I'd like a hot toddy to!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

That's an interesting dish!!

Unknown said...

poor baby! sending you hot chicken soup vibes...and strong panadol "Fast action" flu relief

Sharon said...

Elle, hope you're getting some rest and starting to feel better! At least you have this comforting stew packed with good vitamins! That should boost your health.

Nazarina A said...

Your picture looks delish! Another veggie recipe for me to make thanks!

Anonymous said...

What a coincidence; just made this exact recipe wednesday and have been eating it for two days now :-)

Get well!

Adam said...

Whoa, mangoes in a chili? Well that sounds amazing! I'm going to suggest that to mom :)

Sorry to hear about the cold. Come on by and see your chiropractor, so we can get that immune system rocking :)

Anonymous said...

You're too funny!! I hope you feel better soon. Get out of the kitchen and get some rest! (I know--it's hard!)

Ben said...

Sometimes we don't need words. A great dish such as this says more than we could possibly put in words, right?


kat said...

Oh you poor thing, there is nothing worse than a bad cold!

vanillasugarblog said...

I have some untrained tomatoes here that keep throwing crazy parties in my kitchen while I sleep at night. I'm with you sister!
Sorry you're sick, but this dish looks good, really good. I can't get enough of the butterut squash.

Karen @ Mignardise said...

That dish looks like it's good for what ails you. So much healthy stuff! Hope you feel better soon!

Anonymous said...

Absolute perfection.

Deborah said...

I love sweet potatoes in anything, so this looks amazing!

Bob said...

This looks right up my moms alley, I'll have to send it to her. I feel for your cold, I have one too. So here's some pity, but I need my medicine and tissues. :)

grace said...

i didn't mean to laugh at your "beab" comment, but as it turns out, i couldn't help myself. this probably means i'll be as sick as a dog tomorrow, but if i have the gumption to make something like your stew here, perhaps i'll survive it. :)
get well soon!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Elle that stew looks so incredible!!! Hopefully it will make the stuffies go away!

Sophie said...

I hope you feel better soon. The stew looks delicious and healthy; eat plenty o' that you'll be better in no time! ...I never cook when I'm sick :P!

giz said...

Feel better Elle - love love love the colours in that stew as well as the ingredients

MrOrph said...

Oh yeah! I just bookmarked this.

What was funny was I was telling my wife, this needs some pork and then I read where you put ham and chorizo in it!

Yeah, I am making this!

Oh, if you take something for a cold, it'll be gone in about a week. If you don't take anything, it'll be gone in about a week.

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

I love the colors!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Hope you feel better soon! (testing from work computer)

test it comm said...

That looks good! I like the sweet potato and black bean combo.

saraeanderson said...

I dreamt last night about cooking something involving black beans and sweet potatoes, and was really enthusiastic about turning my dream into reality today, but my husband isn't a big sweet potato fan. I thought maybe adding ham to the mix would convince him, and he's decided to go along with me on this. I looked up "sweet potato black bean ham" and got to your recipe here, and used it as inspiration for what I ended up making: it's basically the same, but I am out of bay leaves and let it simmer with an orange peel instead of using mangoes.

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