Monday, December 14, 2009

The Sweetest Sweet Potato Chili

The video for U2's song The Sweetest Thing is one worth checking out if you have never seen it before.

It’s a clever video, especially if you know the premise behind the song. The story is, Bono wrote this song as an apology to his wife for having to work on her birthday when U2 was recording The Joshua Tree. The video reflects this story as Bono is seen doing everything he can to apologize to a lady sitting across from him in a carriage.

He offers her flowers, a serenade and even a crew of shirtless firefighters dancing on the front of a fire truck…which is hilarious! Food is also offered by a chef near the end of the video. Personally I think Bono went about the food part all wrong. He should have tossed on a cooking apron and prepared this tasty Sweet Potato Chili while serenading her with this amazing song!

The dish alone would have won her heart with its harmonious blend of sweet, spicy, salty, sour and savory ingredients! The little effort required to make it is much better than having to spend a chilly lonesome night on the couch!

The Sweetest Sweet Potato Chili
2 tsp canola oil
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 onion, diced
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tsp chili powder
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp each ground cinnamon and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup vegetable stock
1 can stewed tomatoes (28 oz)
1 can black beans (19 oz)
1 green pepper, diced
1 cup frozen kernel corn, thawed
1 tbsp each freshly squeezed lime juice and chopped fresh cilantro
Pinch or two salt

In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add sweet potatoes and onions. Cook until onions begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper and flour. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add vegetable stock and stir until smooth.

Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender. Add beans, peppers, corn, lime juice and cilantro. Cook until heated through. Season with salt and serve.

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie

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