Kwanzaa Recipes

Celebrate Kwanzaa and the Karamu feast with these delicious recipes!

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African Peanut Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 472
This oddly wonderful combination of ingredients make a surprisingly different and delicious soup that everyone will enjoy! Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top and some crusty bread for dipping. YUM!
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Soul Smothered Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 466
You can't just go to any restaurant and get smothered chicken like you would if you went down to the urban neighborhoods in Houston. This meal of browned chicken in a savory chicken gravy sauce is best when served over a bed of white rice.

Creole Black-Eyed Peas and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 96
An easy spicy dish. Adjust the spices to your needs - less Creole Seasoning if you like it mild, add chili powder or cayenne pepper for more kick! This is also good with salsa on top. You can substitute 1/2 pound dried black-eyed peas, cooked for the canned black-eyed peas if you wish.

Benne Wafers

Rating: 4.5 stars 56
Since I live in the South people refer to these cookies as Benne Wafers, they are actually Sesame Seed Cookies. Toasting benne (sesame) seeds develops their flavor and also gives these cookies a slightly crunchy texture.

African Chicken Stew

Rating: 4 stars 499
This delicious stew is inspired by my friend from Sierra Leone, West Africa, who cooks often for her family. Many ingredients can be modified. This is kind of a 'whatever is handy now' recipe. You can use a whole roasting chicken cut into bite-sized pieces, or just breasts and thighs if you prefer. Other suggested additions are turnips, carrots and celery. This looks great served over white rice with a garnish of fresh chopped cilantro, parsley or unsalted peanuts.

Okra, Corn and Tomatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 119
Okra and onions are fried with bacon, then simmered with tomato and corn in this delicious side dish that is especially good served alongside cornbread. This recipe is a longtime family favorite.

Sweet Potato Pie

Rating: 5 stars 3167
This sweet potato pie is a favorite for everyone who's tasted it.

Roasted Okra

Rating: 4.5 stars 545
Roasting okra is simple, and bonus: Its texture will be firm and toothsome.

Garlic Chicken Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 1278
This actually uses my breading for Chicken Fried Steak---my husband suggested we try it with chicken breasts, and it was delicious!

Nigerian Jollof Rice with Chicken and Fried Plantains

Rating: 5 stars 4
This traditional Nigerian dish brings out the best possible flavor of rice and chicken. Chicken is first sauteed on the stove top to produce a wonderful aromatic base for the rice. For an extra special and authentic touch, serve jollof rice with fried plantains.
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African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 224
A delicious soup combining the tastes of sweet potatoes, peanuts, and tomatoes.

Inspiration and Ideas

Jollof Rice
Rating: Unrated 66
Jollor rice is a popular West African one pot dish with chicken, rice, fresh green beans, onions, and carrots.
Doro Wat: Ethiopian Chicken Dish
Rating: Unrated 19
"This dish is AMAZING! I will definitely make this again. Doro wat is incredibly fragrant and delicious." -- Buckwheat Superior
Southern Grits Casserole
Rating: 4.5 stars 260

If you're from the South you will definitely love this recipe, which includes grits, eggs, sausage, and cheese. When I cook it, I place it in the slow cooker to stay warm. There is nothing worse than cold grits.