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Senegalese Peanut Soup
From Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes, by Laura Frankel

I once had a staff member from Senegal who got teary in his descriptions of peanut soup and begged me to feature it on the menu. I finally made a batch. I must have nailed the flavors and texture of this rich African comfort food, because he asked me to write the recipe for him. I adapted the recipe for the slow cooker and it has been a family favorite ever since.

Brown the vegetables in small batches to ensure big flavor and appealing color and texture. The soup may be cooked two days ahead of serving and can stored, covered, in the refrigerator up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.

Ingredients:

Neutral-flavored oil such as canola
1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound), peeled and diced
1 small butternut squash (about 1-1/2 pounds), peeled and diced
2 medium Spanish onions, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 quart chicken stock
One 14- to 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 8 ounces), cut into cubes
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1-1/4 cups unsweetened coconut milk
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat a slow cooker to Low.

2. Place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Lightly coat the bottom of the pan with oil. Sauté the sweet potato, squash, onions, and garlic in batches until they are browned, 5 to 7 minutes per batch. Season each batch with salt and pepper. Transfer the vegetables to the slow cooker insert.

3. Add the curry powder, chicken stock, tomatoes with their juices, chicken, and peanut butter to the insert. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours.

4. Stir in the coconut milk, cook long enough to heat, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.

5. Ladle the soup into bowls and add your choice of garnishes.

Suggested garnishes: Chopped peanuts, chopped scallions, chopped parsley, chopped cilantro

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings

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