Samp and potatoes make a hearty and delicious combination in this comforting stew. This recipe takes the traditional South African dish, samp, and pairs it with tender potatoes, creating a satisfying and flavorful meal. With a rich tomato-based broth and a medley of aromatic spices, this stew is sure to warm you up and leave you craving for more.
Samp and Potato Stew Recipe
- large pot
- Wooden spoon
- chopping board and knife
- measuring cups
- dried samp
- vegetable oil
- ground cumin
- salt and pepper
- chicken broth
- fresh parsley
- Rinse the dried samp under cold water to remove any impurities. Place the samp in a bowl, cover it with water, and let it soak overnight or for at least 8 hours. Drain the soaked samp before cooking.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant.
- Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste to the pot, and stir to combine. Cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes start to break down and release their juices.
- Add the drained samp to the pot, followed by the diced potatoes. Stir everything together to coat the samp and potatoes with the tomato mixture.
- Sprinkle the ground cumin, paprika, dried thyme, salt, and pepper over the ingredients in the pot. Stir well to distribute the spices evenly.
- Pour the vegetable or chicken broth into the pot, making sure it covers the samp and potatoes. If needed, add more broth or water to achieve the desired consistency.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Let the stew simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the samp and potatoes are tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Once the samp and potatoes are cooked to your desired tenderness, remove the pot from the heat. Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Serve the samp and potato stew hot, garnished with fresh parsley or coriander, if desired. It pairs well with crusty bread or steamed vegetables.