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Groundnut Soup (aka Skippy Soup or Peanut Soup)

January 5, 2008

I got this recipe from long-time friends the Krakes. They were missionaries in Ghana where they picked up this recipe. I’ve adapted it a teeny bit. I had a birthday/dinner bash and this soup was a hit.

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Ingredients:

The meat of 1 cooked chicken torn into bite sized pieces (rotisserie or cook your own)
2T butter
1-2 medium onions diced
3/4 t red pepper
2 T flour
1 16 oz can tomato sauce
2 qt (8 cups) chicken broth (homemade or store bought)
1 t minced ginger (or 1/2 t powdered)
1-2 t garlic
salt
seasoning salt
1 16oz jar peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
2 carrots peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick (in a pinch I’ve used a can of carrots)
3 zucchini sliced 1/2 inch thick

In large stockpot, melt butter and saute onions over medium heat until translucent (about 5-7 minutes).

Add to the onions – red pepper, flour, garlic and ginger to make a paste. Cook one minute stirring constantly.

Add tomato sauce and broth – bring to simmer.

Add peanut butter and seasonings.

Once incorporated, add carrots and zucchini.

Add chicken and allow to simmer on stovetop for 30 minutes.

Serve hot – with chopped peanuts for garnish. Can also be served over rice.

Notes:

This soup will thicken more and more as it sits on the stove. When reheated the next day it is really thick – and is excellent over rice. You may thin it with some chicken stock.

The original recipe did not call for vegetables – though I remember it having ocra in it. I chose carrots and zucchini – thought they were perfect in it. Other similar recipes sometimes call for bell peppers and sweet potatoes.

Final note – a “ground nut” is another name for a peanut – which grows in the ground.

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2 comments

  1. Is this kind of like the peanut sauce over satay?


  2. Well. . . if you enjoy the peanut sauce that comes with satay – you’d LOVE this soup. When you first make it – it’s more soup-ish. Leftovers do have a peanut sauce kind of consistency – but eating it isn’t like eating spoonfuls of satay peanut sauce. Make sense?



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