Palaver Sauce
105 mins (prep 15, cooking 90)
16 ingredients
8 servings
Typically, Palaver Sauce includes fresh beef, smoked pork or fish, and dark green leaves. In West Africa, these leaves might be "platto", "bologi," or bitter leaf. A good substitute is spinach. African natives coined "palaver" in the 19th century when European traders would parley or barter for goods. From "Classic International Recipes".**Although I rarely post recipes without trying them, in this case I did. I decided to make this today, and would like to suggest the following: I had 1 lb of stew meat, and 1 smoked pork hock was plenty...the smokey flavor was good with that, so I have reduced the pork hocks to 2 instead of 3. I used spinach, but really feel this could use a stronger green, like collards or kale. I'm adding this to the ingredient list. I've also added some garlic. I've tried to stay true to the African recipe, and feel I have done so..just made a few improvements. Add finishing salt if needed....depends on your pork hock and how salty it is!**

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  • 2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 smoked pork hocks (only use one if it is large! also, you could substitute some really great smoked bacon or salt pork )
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 lbs fresh spinach, torn into pieces (if you can find platto or bologi, use that...i recommend that if you can't find platto or bologi, th)
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon gingerroot, grated (may use 1 tsp ground ginger)
  • 1 -2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • hot cooked rice (optional)
  • finishing salt, to taste


Serving Size (37.5 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 35.28 Calories from Fat 33.48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.72g 45.72%
Saturated Fat 0.54g 21.43%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 1.55mg 0.52%
Total Carbohydrate 0.58g 1.54%
Dietary Fiber 0.05 g 1.69%
Sugars 0.04 g %
Protein 0.08g 1.3%
Vitamin A 0.07IU% Vitamin C 0.33mg%
Calcium 2.54mg% Iron 0.03mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
beef stew meat, pork hocks, fresh spinach, medium onions, large, ground red pepper, hard-cooked eggs, hot cooked rice