Meatless Monday Recipes: Senegalese Sweet Potato Dumplings courtesy of inSHAPE

Sweet potatoes are a staple in African cuisine, and this week we pay homage to the flavorful cooking of a dumpling drenched in Senegalese peanut sauce.

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Sweet potatoes are a staple in African cuisine, and this week we pay homage to the flavorful cooking of a dumpling drenched in Senegalese peanut sauce.

Senegalese Sweet Potato Dumplings
Senegalese Sweet Potato Dumplings

 

Ingredients

  • 1-3 sweet potatoes or yams
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or regular cow’s milk if you prefer)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Nafi’s Peanut Sauce (see below)

Preparation

Drop large, peeled cubes of sweet potato into salted, boiling water and cook until tender. Cool, then mash with 1 tbsp of olive oil and parsley. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk egg, then stir in milk . In a separate bowl, stir together all of the powdered ingredients. Using a fork, blend the contents of the two bowls. Dough may be a bit grainy because of the oat flour (we grind our own from whole oats), but use fine flour to form a ball then roll it out on a well floured counter.

Use a circular cookie cutter (glass bowl, clean tin can, or whatever you have available) that is approximately 3″ in diameter tp cut out circular shapes and place them on a cookie sheet which has been sprayed or coated with olive oil. Place about a tablespoon of sweet potato on to the middle of the dough then fold over and pinch to form ridges.

Spray or brush with a bit of olive oil and bake for 18-20 minutes. Cool but not completely, then plate with Nafi’s Peanut Sauce on top.

Prepared in NYC, Nafi’s condiments will tickle your tastebuds and provide your family with a much needed departure from the same old dipping sauces (which, by the way, are laden with added sugars). Read more about Nafi and her business in a shared kitchen in Harlem.

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