Potato hot-pot (as it’s fondly called in Cameroon) is a delicious goodness that binds a family together on dinner/lunch tables. Growing up, this was a Sunday specials in our home, we usually hurried back on Sunday afternoons to bond over our mom’s yummy potato hot pot. The flip side is, the dish was usually too sweet such that the belly never had enough as long as the mouth collaborates with the tummy.
Coming from a region in Cameroon that is known for growing potatoes, and now settling in a country (Belgium) that is famous for potatoes makes me wanna enjoy this goodness daily.
It is relatively cheap and doubtlessly healthy, no doubt I consume too much potatoes in fries (chips), baked, puree etc. I even make fufu with potato flour. Hot pot stands out any day, any occasion! It is heavenly delicious.
Ah well in case you are wondering, potato hot-pot is simply a mixture of baked (or fried if you prefer) potatoes, tomatoes, beef/chicken and other veggies. This is how I usually do it:
- 9-10 medium size peeled potatoes
- 2 cutlet chops
- A can of chopped tomatoes (or 4 fresh chopped tomatoes)
- 2 medium size onions
- 1 teaspoon of ginger paste
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic paste
- 2-4 seasoning cubes
- 2 chopped carrots
- A cup of sliced green beans
- 1 bell pepper (paprika)
- salt to taste
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil.
- 2 chopped parsley leaves
- white pepper
- Par-boil potatoes for 10 mins in slightly salty water, drain
- Sprinkle some olive oil and bake in an oven till it starts to turn brown.
- Shallow-fry the cutlet chops in a teaspoon of butter and keep aside
- Now you can make the stew, begin with frying the onions, add tomatoes and let them fry together for about 10 mins and should no longer taste sour. Add in ginger, garlic, carrots and green beans. Let them cook for 5 mins. The bell peppers can join the party at this point as well as 1 or 2 seasoning cubes.
- When the stew is cooked, throw in your cutlet chops, and the baked potatoes and stir gently. Finally throw in your chopped parsley and let it stand for a minute
Ca va! Serve it hot as the name suggests! Eat good and feel good.
Kewrites Tip: Never serve all of it at once to your family, nothing will be leftover