This is a nice meat and potatoes dish of Peruvian origin adapted from South American Food and Cooking by Jenni Fleetwood and Marina Fillipelli. This is a subtley flavored, hearty and filling dish. I increased the seasonings from the original recipe, but naturually, you can add as much or as little as you like. If you like a little heat, it would probably be good with some tabasco. I may add some carrots some time as well.
- 177.44 ml roasted peanuts
- 59.16 ml olive oil
- 2 chicken breasts, cubed
- 453.59 g pork loin, cubed (I used thin-sliced boneless pork chops and it was fine)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 29.58-44.37 ml water
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 9.85 ml cumin
- 9.85 ml paprika
- 566.99 g potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
- 591.47 ml vegetable stock or 591.47 ml chicken stock
- 2 eggs (hard-boiled and sliced)
- black olives, chopped
- If using salted peanuts, rinse and pat dry. Grind peanuts in food processor till finely ground. (You can use unsalted, unroasted peanuts and toast them over low heat in a frying pan for about 2-3 minutes before grinding.).
- Heat half the olive oil in a heavy skillet or dutch oven. Add the chicken pieces, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 10 minutes, or till golden brown all over.
- Transfer chicken to a plate using a slotted spoon.
- Add the pork to the pan, seasoning with salt and pepper, and saute for 3-4 minutes, till golden brown.
- Transfer to plate with cooked chicken.
- Add remaining oil to pan and lower heat. Stir in onion and cook for 5 minutes, adding water if it begins to stick.
- Stir in garlic, paprika and cumin and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the sliced potatoes, stir and cover the pan; cook for 3 minutes. (potatoes that break down during boiling work best here - I used russets).
- Add the stock and ground peanuts; bring to a boil, then simmer gently for 20-30 minutes.
- Return chicken and pork to the pan and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat, replace the lid and simmer for 6-8 minutes, till meat is cooked through.
- Avoid overcooking so that the meat does not become tough and stringy.
- Garnish the stew with egg slices, black olives and parsley if desired (I didn't use any of these and it was still very nice).
- Serve over cooked rice (unless you really don't like the idea of potatoes and rice together - I loved it!).