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Suya Sandwich

Bread-skewers or Suya Sandwich

I feel like Suya (also called Tchintchinga) is universal. Unless, you are allergic to peanut, why wouldn’t love Suya? I think the Suya stand can be reference as a West African fast food stand. Suya is a meat skewer seasoned with roasted peanut and other spices. The Suya is a staple food in West Africa that originated from the Ayoussa culture. The suya can be made with beef which is the most common, lamb, chicken and even Kidney, liver and tripe which is sold in newspapers.

It can also be served with Jollof rice, Fried plantains, Akpan, Fried yam. For this recipe I used thinly slice beef marinated with powdered roasted peanut, garlic, ginger, paprika, salt… vegetable oil and I served it with some French baguette. And it is a marriage made in heaven the combination of roasted beef, the peanut, the spices and the French baguette make the perfect sandwich.

I drive 3 hours round trip to get my French baguette from Cait and Abby’s in South Orange NJ. If you cannot get your hand on some fresh French baguette for this sandwich, you can substitute the French baguette with some toasted white or Panini bread. Bush the crispy bread with oil before adding the Suya.  Furthermore you can dust the meat with the Suya spice. Unfortunately, because of my kids, I did not add any hot peppers (like cayenne pepper).

Suya sandwich

  • 3 teaspoons finely ground roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 1 teaspoon red peppers or 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cube
  • 1/2 kg beef (cut into bite-sized pieces (beef, chicken, etc.))
  • 1 red onion (peeled and cut into chunks (optional))
  • 1/4 cup oil
  1. Stir the spices together , mixing well.
  2. Slice the onion
  3. Dip and roll the meat in the other bowl of the peanut-spice mix, making sure the meat is completely coated.
  4. Place the meat on skewers
  5. Brush with some oil and add more suya spice
  6. Broil in a hot oven, or grill over hot coals, until meat is done.
  7. Slice the bread in half
  8. Add some oil, suya spice and the suya
  9. Serve immediately with the reserved peanut-spice mix, for sprinkling or dipping as desired.

(Do not use the mix that came into contact with the raw meat.).

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