25 Kwanzaa Favorites

Honor your African roots during this week-long celebration by lighting some black, green and red candles and feasting on African and Southern-inspired fare.

Chicken Groundnut Stew

"This is a pretty good African dish. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the amount of peanut butter was just right."

-rpgaymer

Shrimp Creole

"This was great. I loved the consistency of the sauce. I served it over basmati rice and it made a great meal."

-Paka

Fried Okra

"I am a believer now! We tried okra before and never liked it. These were crunchy thanks to the flour-cornmeal coating — no slime!"

-Pets'R'us

Cornbread

"Mmm, what a tasty sweet cornbread. I really liked its texture and the flavor was spot on, too."

-Lalaloula

Southern Black-Eyed Peas

"This is exactly what I was looking for — just a wonderfully comforting Southern dish."

-Andi of Longmeadow Farm

Chicken, Sausage & Shrimp Gumbo

"Patience is key with this recipe. You want to let the roux get nice and dark. It's well worth the time."

-Chef Stu #2

Cheese Grits

"These were excellent — cheesy and full of flavor. These are a perfect side for any grilled meat and, of course, for brunch."

-LorenLou

Chicken Tagine with Figs & Olives

"This was the best tagine recipe I've tried. We we're pretty heavy-handed with the harissa because we liked how it added a real zing."

-Barb R

Sweet Potato Pie

"The filling had a creamy texture thanks to the sour cream, a nice blend of spices and the rum gave it a flavor blast of 'the islands.'"

-Bayhill

African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup

"This has just the right amount of spice and the peanut isn't overpowering. Note: The fresh chopped cilantro and parsley is a must."

-*Parsley*

Ambrosia Salad

"I love the sour cream with all the other sweetness. I added some cranberries, which added a nice color and a slight crunch."

-Meredith .F

Cajun Catfish

"We loved the spiciness of this. I used bran flakes for the crust, which gave it a nice nutty flavor."

-Derf

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

"I loved the citrus flavors mixed with the deep spices from the cinnamon and allspice. The molasses was a nice touch, too."

-yamakarasu

Wilted Mustard Greens

"This is a great way to serve greens. It took a lot less time to make than I thought, and they were delicious."

-breezermom

Tunisian Vegetable Stew

"This was great and the flavors developed more as it stood. I doubled the spices and added some chilli flakes to give it a kick."

-Magpie Jo

Hush Puppies from the Loveless Cafe

"The beaten egg whites gave these a nice light, airy texture."

-Debbie R.

West African Jollof Rice

"This is such a good recipe! I've been looking for a great one for ages, and this is the best I've found."

-Aaliyah G.

Benne Seed Wafers

"These were scrumptious! I made them after reading South of Broad by Pat Conroy, in which he references Benne Wafers. Nice to learn a little more history about them, too."

-Petalpages

Injera (Ethiopian Flat Bread)

"Injera is a humble staple of Ethiopian cuisine. Traditionally, it is made with teff flour. If you can't find teff, any other flour will do!"

-ghetto_rhymes

Lentils With Yams (or Sweet Potatoes)

"This recipe is wonderful! I find myself making it at least once a week. I didn't have the fenugreek on hand, so I added some ground cumin and fennel seeds instead."

-debby-o

Doro Wat

"LOVE THIS. I had a doro wat recipe I'd been using for a while, but this one is SO much better. That sauce is incredible, and it smells so good while it's cooking."

-rpgaymer

Accra Banana Peanut Cake

"This cake is amazing! I am doing a report for school on Ghana, and this cake was both helpful and tasty."

-Chef_FoReVeR

West African Chicken Yassa

"This turned out really well! The chicken was very tender and full of great flavor."

-CookingONTheSide

Piri Piri Sauce

"The seven-day marinating time is well worth the wait! I marinated boneless, skinless chicken breasts and they were so good, spicy but not too spicy!"

-LifeIsGood

Kachumbari Salad

"A beautiful salad with an interesting onion preparation!"

-awalde

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