Akpessi is a dish that brings so many memories from my home country of Cote D’Ivoire. Akpessi is mainly boiled ground food accompanied with a sauce. Hubby and I are on a Daniel Fast so I decided to make this Ivorian dish, typically made with fish or meat, plant-based to take it to our church Labor Day picnic. The plant-based sauce of my choice is an eggplant sauce made with palm oil.
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the reddish pulp of the fruit of the oil palms, primarily the African oil palm. Palm oil is naturally reddish in color because of a high beta-carotene content. Along with coconut oil, palm oil is one of the few highly saturated vegetable fats and is semisolid at room temperature. Palm oil is a common cooking ingredient in the tropical belt of Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil.
Akpessi is one Ivorian dish that I love making because it’s a quick and nutritious meal that can be made under 30 minutes. That’s a win for this busy mom of 3. Today I am sharing the recipe for Akpessi because I actually took the time to have all the measurements.
- 1 large Ivorian Yam
- 2 medium Sweet Potatoes
- 3 yellow Plantains
- 2 tbsps palm oil
- 1 large Onion, sliced
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 4 Tomatoes, diced
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1/2 lb whole okras
- 1 large eggplant
- 1 chayote
- LadyNOD GPS (Garlic powder, black Pepper and sea Salt)
Bring water in a pot to a boil. Add yams, plantains, eggplant and chayote. Let everything boil for about 25-30 minutes. While the ground food is cooking, you can start the sauce. Sautee the onions until translucent. Season with LadyNOD GPS. Add the garlic and tomatoes. Stir and add about 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Puree the eggplant and chayote and add the mixture to the sauce. Add the thyme and the okras. Add additional LadyNOD GPS, if needed. Let it cook for about 20 minutes or until it thickens. Add the spinach and let it cook for another 5-10 minutes and voila. Bon Appetit!
Hubby and I did not miss the burgers today on our Daniel Fast because we were so glad we brought the Akpessi dish. It was such a hit that I can’t wait for you to try it. I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and here’s to a great week ahead.