I found recipes for chicken, with peanuts and red palm oil. This is the first time I have come across red palm oil in cooking, despite the fact that I have done scientific research on isolated and purified vitamin constituents, particularly vitamin E tocotrienols, like those found in red palm oil. I wasn’t sure of the taste, but the health benefits are well documented.
I wanted to translate those ingredients and flavors into a pretty tasty meatball. I generally come up with a meatball recipe whenever I am craving a pasta dinner, especially when I am searching for recipes from a country that does not normally cook or eat pasta. The trick is to balance the taste and texture when adding different ingredients. Sometimes with ground chicken it is a little more difficult than ground beef, pork, or lamb to maintain the proper consistency as meatballs.
Additions/Omissions: My recipe
Taste Test: Good flavor and texture
Zip Facts about Benin:
- From 1960 to 1975, the Republic of Benin was known as Dahomey. The name Benin comes from the Bight of Benin, a bay in the Gulf of Guinea
- The magical religion Voodoo, still practiced in parts of Benin, derives its name from the word “vodun” which, in the Fon language of the Beninese, means “god” or “spirit”
- ‘A rose by any other name…’ the capital city of Benin is known as the “City with Three Names”: Porto-Novo, Adjatche, and Hogbonou
- When greeting, men shake with their right hands, and deference is given to the eldest person
- For the Beninese, the main economic activity was farming and because many hands were needed on the family farms, the incidences of polygamy increased
Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/benin/