Mugoyo: Sweet Potato and Bean Loaf
So, I experimented with a new recipe the other night. It’s called Mugoyo, pronounced like moo-GOY-yo. It’s a recipe from Uganda that I found in one of my favorite cookbooks, Extending The Table.
Basically, it’s cooked sweet potatoes and beans mushed up and formed into a loaf. Here’s a little excerpt from the book,
Since sweet potatoes and beans are inexpensive and store well, Mugoyo is usually prepared during winter months when food is not being harvested and is less available. When Ugandans travel, they often pack food for their journey. Mugoyo is one of their traveling foods.
With only two ingredients, it definitely isn’t gourmet. But what I loved about this recipe is that it’s cheap, simple, nutritious, and something that you could survive off of in times of little food.
And so we had it for dinner.
It’s very simple. Cook 1 lb. of dried white beans like normal with a little salt, until tender. Peel and cube 1 lb. of sweet potatoes, and steam in a little water until tender. Drain both well, then mash together and form into a loaf pan. Slice and serve.
I must have messed up somewhere along the line though… maybe I didn’t drain the beans well enough, ’cause my “loaf” was more the consistency of mashed potatoes. Definitely not sliceable.
So, I stuck it in the oven and baked it at 350* for 30 min. What the heck, right? But after I pulled it out of the oven, even though the top was nice and firm, it was still mushy in the middle.
Oh well. Dinner time!
I got a few funny looks from the family as I plopped the orange mush onto each plate. Everyone was polite enough to try it, but only one in the bunch enjoyed his meal…
The taste wasn’t bad, per se, it was just very bland. And a weird texture. A loaf would have been much better I think.
Eggs for dinner it is then.
At least it made good baby food.
My husband asked me if I was trying to make him more grateful for meat, since I’ve been experimenting with meatless dishes a lot lately.
Just trying to stay within the measly grocery budget! Poor guy. *grin*
We had chicken for dinner tonight. I think everyone appreciated it a little more than usual.