One popular dish from Guinea is “Mafé,” a rich and flavorful peanut stew typically made with meat, vegetables, and a peanut sauce. Here’s a concise recipe for Mafé:
- 2 pounds meat (beef, lamb, or chicken), cut into cubes
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup peanut butter (natural, unsweetened)
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Hot chili pepper (optional, for spice)
- Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)
- Cooked rice or couscous, for serving
- Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and sauté until softened.
- Add the meat cubes to the pot and brown them on all sides.
- Stir in the peanut butter, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, bell pepper, broth, bay leaf, thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine.
- If desired, add a hot chili pepper for spice. Be careful with the heat level and adjust according to your preference.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 1 to 2 hours, or until the meat is tender and the flavors are well-blended. Stir occasionally.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Serve the Mafé stew hot, garnished with fresh cilantro if desired. It is traditionally enjoyed with cooked rice or couscous.
Enjoy the rich and nutty flavors of Mafé, a delicious Guinean peanut stew!