It’s all about the braai
Guinea Fowl Pot with Samp and Beans
I decided to add a little more Africa into my guinea fowl pot; I thought an African wild bird needs an African staple, so I cooked it with samp and beans, a hearty meal that will make you visit the pot for a second helping.
250ml white beans
1 Knorr vegetable stock pot
200g streaky bacon cut into small pieces
1 guinea fowl cut into pieces
1 large onion chopped
Big handful of chopped celery
Big handful of chopped leeks
3 large carrots chopped
4 cloves garlic chopped
1 bottle red wine (for the pot, more for the chef)
¼ tsp cloves
1 tsp ground coriander
Salt and black pepper to taste
Rinse the samp and beans under cold running water and remove any stones or dirt that might be in it
Soak the samp and beans in cold water over night
Drain the beans the next morning
Cook in 2l of water with the stock pot until tender, keep aside.
Add a little olive oil to your potjie, heat over moderate coals / heat
Add the bacon
Fry the bacon until almost all of the fat have rendered out of it
Remove the bacon from pot with a slotted spoon
Brown the 1 guinea fowl cut into pieces in the bacon fat, do not over crowd the pot, in a no3 “3 been pot” do it in two batches, it must fry, not start to cook.
Remove from pot when brown on both sides.
Add the onions, celery, leeks. Garlic and carrots to the pot and fry until the onions are soft. If the oil is not enough, add a little olive oil.
Once the onion is soft, add the guinea fowl pieces to the pot
Pour in red wine
Add the spices
Get the pot to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.
Listen sort a soft simmer, then you know your heat is just right
3 hours later open the pot and feel if the guinea fowl is tender.
If you have opened the pot a couple of time during the cooking, it will not be, depending on how many times you have opened it, you are looking at another hour or two.
If the guinea fowl is tender (remember it is not a chicken, so it will never have the texture of one, the meat is more dense than that of chicken, more like duck, only a lot leaner)
Add the samp and beans to the pot
Stir through and heat through
Enjoy with a glass of Signal Gun Shiraz, and hopefully you had one or two while cooking this.