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10 Spectacular African Side Dishes That Get Our Thanksgiving Stamp of Approval

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Everyone knows that the turkey isn’t the real star of the African Thanksgiving table—it’s the side dishes. Start a new family tradition this year and step out of the traditional and predictable with our crowd-pleasing African side dish recipes. 

#1 Vegan Jollof Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced (about 1 1/3 cups diced onions)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, minced (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3 to 4 Thai chili peppers, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 14-ounce (400g) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250ml) vegetable broth or water
  • chopped parsley to serve

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#2 Accra Banana

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds grated cassava frozen is ok
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt or more adjust to suit taste buds
  • 3 large overly ripe bananas optional

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#3 Fried African White Yams

Ingredients

  • yam, or white yam: as much as you can eat.
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Salt to taste

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#4 Corn Chaff

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked pinto beans
  • 2 cups sweet corn
  • 1 sprig Parsley
  • 1 small green onion
  • 1/2 inch cube ginger
  • 1 small habanero
  • 2 gloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 Tbsp palm oil
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup crayfish optional

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#5 Egg Plant Soup

Ingredients

  • 15 Thai eggplants aka green garden-egg
  • 6 plum tomatoes
  • 1 large white onion
  • ¼ cup palm oil
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper chopped
  • 340 g smoked mackerel the equivalent of one large mackerel skinned and de-boned
  • 1 tsp chicken/ vegetable bullion
  • 1 small handful of Clove basil aka Nigerian scent leaf/Thai basil
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: 2 tbsp dried shrimp
  • Optional: Extra dried chilli-pepper

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#6 Goat Meat Pepper Soup

Ingredients

  • 1½ lb goat meat (Cut into bite size pieces)
  • ¾ lb beef tripe (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1 cup red onions (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. Seafood Bouillon
  • 1 tsp. Thyme leaves
  • 1 cup brown beef stock
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp. pepper soup spice
  • ½ tsp. Utazi leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup chopped smoked dried shrimp (optional)

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#7 Spicy Kelewele

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe plantains (yields 2-3 servings)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 1 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon peeled grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying

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#8 Sukuma Wiki 

Ingredients

  • 1 kale bunch
  • 1-2 cups chopped or ground beef/chicken optional
  • 3 medium tomatoes diced
  • 1-2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 or more tablespoons canola or cooking oil
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry or turmeric spice
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or more
  • ½ juiced Lemon about 1 tablespoon
  • Tablespoon bouillon powder or cube

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#9 Koki Beans

Ingredients

  • 8 cups black eyed peas (koki beans) – peeled, soaked and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups palm oil
  • 1 bag spinach (8 oz/227 grams)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons salt
  • 6 cups water
  • 5 chili peppers (or other hot pepper to taste)
  • 1 bag frozen banana leaves and/ or 1 roll aluminium foil (preferably non-stick)foil

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#10 Poulet DJ


Ingredients

CHICKEN MARINADE
  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs (Skinless or skin on)
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion powder
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic infused olive oil
PLANTAINS
  • 1-2 large semi ripe plantain
  • 1/2 cup canola oil for frying
POULET DG
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic infused olive oil
  • 2 large Roma tomatoes diced ( ~ a cup and a half)
  • 1 small onion sliced ( ~ 1/2 a cup)
  • 2 medium carrots (~ 1 cup sliced)
  • 2 handfuls green beans (haricot vert)
  • 1- 2 sprigs of parsley ( ~ 2 teaspoons ground)
  • 1 small green onion
  • 1/2 celery stalk
  • 1/2 leek leave (green part)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1 small habanero
  • chicken bouillon ( to taste)

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