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Celebrate Kwanzaa with the rich flavors of African cooking! Set your table for the Karamu feast with everything from yams and peanut soup to oxtail stew.

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Rate this recipe 4.5/5 (88 Votes)
Florence Mama's Candied Yams 1 Picture
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Servings 12
Preparation time 20
Cooking time 50

  • 3-pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and sliced crosswise in 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, 2 sticks
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

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Freshly sliced orange gives this candied yam recipe a citrusy twist to this traditional winter recipe

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Fried okra is sometimes called Southern popcorn because when you start eating it, you just can’t stop

  • BREADING:
  • oil for frying
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound fresh okra, both ends trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup white cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Oil for frying
  • Green Onion Aioli:
  • 4 tablespoons green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
4.6/5 (28 Votes)

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Chicken Helper Jambalaya Mix jump-starts this tasty stew with chicken, peanut butter, and tomatoes, to make a simpl...

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 4)
  • 1 box Betty Crocker Chicken Helper jambalaya
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with onion and pepper, undrained
  • 1/2 pound fully cooked Polish or kielbasa sausage, sliced, if desired
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
4.5/5 (2 Votes)

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Baked 2-Cheese & Bacon Grits is a recipe steeping velvety, cheese flavor

  • 6 thickly sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups quick cooking grits
  • 1 (12-ounce) package Velveeta cheese, cubed, about 2 1/3 cups
  • 1 stick of butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese, about 8-ounces
4.6/5 (5 Votes)

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In the mood for a Caribbean cuisine? Try this Caribbean Steak With Grilled Plantains and Coleslaw to add some zest ...

  • 1 bag coleslaw vegetable mix
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • pinch granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice, and coriander
  • 2 strip loin grilling steaks, (each about 340 g), trimmed and halved crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rum, optional
  • 2 ripe plantains, peeled and thickly sliced
4.4/5 (14 Votes)

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Enjoy a taste of the islands! Bok choy, red cabbage and pineapple slaw provide a cool counterpoint to spicy jerk ch...

  • 3 heads baby bok choy, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons packed brown sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons jerk seasoning
  • 4 small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
4.4/5 (88 Votes)

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Get the true Southern comfort food experience at home with this Southern Shrimp and Grits

  • GRITS:
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1/4 cup sharp white cheddar or Manchego cheese, grated
  • SHRIMP:
  • 1-pound wild-caught or sustainably raised shrimp, 16 to 30 count in size, shelled and de-veined
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
4.5/5 (79 Votes)

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A spicy skillet meal made with smoked sausage, chicken breasts, ziti or penne pasta, red and yellow bell peppers, o...

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2-pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless or 4 frozen tenders, thawed
  • 1/2-pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 1/4 cup yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans Hunt's diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tony Chachere's Original creole seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups uncooked ziti pasta or other medium pasta, such as penne
4.4/5 (75 Votes)

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Soft, fluffy homemade biscuits, and they're no-knead! Just lightly mix ingredients together, cut with biscuit cutte...

  • 4 cups self-rising flour (I use White Lily)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold salted butter, or lard or vegetable shortening
  • 1 3/4 to 2 cups cold buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening or oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted salted butter or margarine, for brushing biscuits
4.5/5 (38 Votes)

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Healthy Coconut Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew satisfies after a long and busy day

  • SERVE WITH:
  • 1/3 cup fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced, about 3 ounces
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, chopped and seeded
  • 1/4 cup orange or lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes and their juices
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded, plus more for garnish
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground, plus more to taste
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • Orange or lime wedges, chopped peanuts, chopped cilantro, and cooked rice (Optional)
5/5 (3 Votes)

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This super simple, quick, and easy recipe is the perfect appetizer for any festive occasion or celebratory party

  • 2 large green plantains
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to garnish
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup peanut oil
4.9/5 (10 Votes)

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Fried Plantains make a scrumptious side dish to any meaty or vegetarian main course

  • 1 completely ripe plantain (its skin should be pretty much black)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
4.9/5 (8 Votes)

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This Cajun Jambalaya recipe by Emeril Lagasse makes a delicious main dish that can be served on any busy weeknight ...

  • EMERIL'S ESSENCE CREOLE SEASONING, ALSO REFERRED TO AS BAYOU BLAST:
  • 12 medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
  • 4-ounces chicken, diced, about 1/2 cup
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 3/4 cup rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 5-ounces Andouille sausage, sliced, about 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
4.5/5 (32 Votes)

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This is the famous Candied Yams recipe from Sweetie Pie's that is loved by all and comes together in only about 40 ...

  • CANDIED YAMS:
  • 3 large sweet potatoes or yams
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
4.4/5 (36 Votes)

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This super simple, quick recipe makes delicious and healthy Zucchini Fritters that are sure to be a hit on any appe...

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 red onion, grated
  • 1/2 zucchini, grated
  • 2 tablespoons grated carrot
4.5/5 (35 Votes)

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