FEBRUARY FOOD FESTIVAL: POTATOES

We all love potatoes, and they’re a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. They’re also the perfect vessels for delicious flavors, including our Kelewele Spice Mix developed by Chef Daniel Sokolov. Kelewele is a popular food from Ghana made of fried plantains and seasoned with spices including ginger, garlic, onion, cayenne, nutmeg, and anise. This savory dish is often served alongside stews, although it’s delicious on its own as a snack.

Chef Daniel Sokolov has adapted the recipe from our Pan-African Station and made it available to the home cook. Here he suggests using it to season a roasted potato dish, but it would be a delicious seasoning for almost anything from vegetables to proteins including shrimp, chicken, and tofu.

Kelewele-Spiced Roasted Potato Wedges with Citrus Yogurt Sauce​

by Daniel Sokolov, Research & Development Chef

INGREDIENTS

For Potatoes

  • 2 pounds potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp GP kelewele spice blend
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste

For Citrus Yogurt Sauce

  • 8 ounces plain Greek yogurt (or vegan yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp dill, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

PROCEDURE

For Potatoes

  1. Preheat your oven to 425° F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Toss the potato wedges with olive oil, spices, and salt. Add to pan in a single layer and roast for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy.
  3. Remove from pan, garnish with mint, basil, and pickled onions, and serve immediately.

 

For Citrus Yogurt Sauce

  1. Combine sauce ingredients and mix well until smooth and well combined. Serve with kelewele-spiced potatoes.

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JANUARY FOOD FESTIVAL: EMBRACE HOT SPICES AND SEASONINGS

Hot spices and seasonings add a new dimension to meals, in addition to having many health benefits.

Spicy ingredients include red pepper flakes, paprika, smoked paprika, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, curry powder, black pepper, harissa, and hot sauces and are incredibly versatile. From sweets (cinnamon hot chocolate?) to savory dishes, spicy ingredients can transform a dish.

This month we’re sharing a recipe for chili seasonings that you can prepare in advance and keep in an airtight container for the times you want to add a little extra heat and flavor to soups, stews, and other dishes. We love it in Chef Andrew’s Vegan Chili – perfect for Veganuary!

Vegan Chili Recipe

by Andrew Smith, Culinary Director

INGREDIENTS

Chili Seasoning

  • salt
  • chili powder
  • granulated onion
  • granulated garlic
  • cumin

Chili

  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 3 15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Brooklyn lager
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Seasoning

PROCEDURE

  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed, 6 qt pot on medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sweat till onions have become translucent.
  2. Add seasoning mix and stir till fragrant.
  3. Deglaze with beer, scraping up fond and stirring until reduced to au sec (nearly dry), then add stock, tomatoes, and black beans.
  4. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about one hour or until liquids have reduced to chili-like consistency.
  5. Season to taste and remove from heat. Serve with your favorite chili garnishes.

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