Dinner, Meat, Moroccan, Stew

Beef and Sweet Potato Harissa

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As the Beatles said “I get by with a little help from my friends”.  For this recipe, my “friend” was store bought Harissa Simmer sauce.  I keep reading about Harissa in magazines and have always wanted to try it.  However, this past weekend, I was in the mood for something delicious and fast.  So, I used the simmer sauce.  But I did doctor it up.  It turned out delicious! I mean, really delicious! MIND-BLOWING DELICIOUS!  Here is what you will need.

Ingredients:

1.5lbs stew beef

2 sweet potatoes, diced

1 large red onion, diced into large chunks

1 tomato, diced

1 can of red kidney beans

1 packet of Harissa simmer sauce ( I used Saffron Road)

2 tsp of cinnamon

2 tbsp of olive oil

salt, pepper and chilli flakes to taste.

2 tbsp of chopped scallions

Lime wedges for serving (optional)

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Method:

Brown the meat in oil and set aside.

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Add the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, onions, salt pepper and cinnamon and cook till vegetables soften.

Add the meat, beans and pour in the sauce.  I filled the pouch with water to rinse off every last bit of the sauce and poured it into the pot.

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Simmer on medium high heat for 30 40 mins, till meat and vegetables and fork tender. Add scallions at the very end and take off heat.

Serve hot with polenta or couscous.

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Sides

Sweet Potato and Apple Hash

A super speedy fall side that graced my brunch table but could easily become a great side for thanksgiving ! Its sweet, tart, hearty and very fall ! Try it and make it your families go to sweet potato dish–it is bound to replaced and mashed or casserole side dish !

Ingredients

  • 8 sweet potatoes, boiled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • Extra-virgin olive oil about 3 Tbsp—you might need more.
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1Tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of rosemary and thyme-dired
  • 3  large onion, cut in 1/2-inch dice
  • 8 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch      dice
  • Scallions to garnish.

Directions

In two pots, separate the 8 potatoes and boil them till fork tender.

Coat a large saute pan with olive oil. Add  the onions, season with salt, pepper, sugar and herbs and saute until the onions are very soft and aromatic.

Add the apples and saute till soft and tender. Add the sweet potatoes at the very end and saute for a few minutes.  Some of the potatoes may fall apart but fret not, its HASH !

Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with the scallion greens !