Monday, February 1, 2010

Guinea - Footi Sauce

Guineans are proud of their country but they have had to struggle through the difficult decades since independence and an oppressive regime. Things may be looking up these days but it still has a long ways to go before it will be marked as a tourist destination and it’s one of the poorest countries in the world. However, it does have a lot to offer those looking for an African adventure. But if you do go, take care to stay away from the border areas of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.

The meal I cooked for Guinea was a big hit with the family. It’s called Footi Sauce a la Nene Galle Diallo. It may not sound good but it has all those savory things we love: tomatoes, eggplant, onions and ground beef, mixed together and served on rice. It was tasty and a satisfying dinner for the kids.

Footi Sauce a la Nene Galle Diallo

1 can tomato paste
2 smashed tomatoes
2 small eggplants, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
2 chicken bullion cubes
1 lb ground beef
Okra, if desired

Combine first five ingredients, then cook meat in oil. When meat is cooked, add the tomato mixture and cook for 30 minutes. Cook the okras in the sauce and when finished cooking, pound the rest of the okras and then mix it into the rice. Serve sauce over rice.

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