Join us as we explore comfort foods from around the globe with our 2022 Passport to Flavor culinary tour. Whether your idea of comfort is a savory soup, a salty snack, or a decadent dessert, you’re sure to find a dish that hits the spot.
One of the most comforting vessels to eat from is a bowl, especially when that bowl is made of bread. Bunny Chow is an iconic dish in South Africa that consists of a hollowed-out bread loaf, filled with a savory, spiced curry. While the filling can either feature meat or veggies, there is no rabbit in this iconic dish.
While we’re talking about bread, we can’t forget this classic comfort food- grilled cheese. This ooey-gooey crowd favorite isn’t just a staple in America, it’s a beloved party dish in South Africa as well, known as braaibroodjie (South African Grilled Cheese). We’ve kicked up the ﬂavor by adding a sweet and sour fruit chutney along with cheddar cheese, onion, and tomatoes.
More than 50% of South Africa’s agricultural exports consists of fruits.
Borewors Roll with Chakalaka (South African Grilled Sausage)
Spiced beef sausage, grilled and served on a toasted bun, topped with spicy pepper relish made from sauteed tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, spices and including a fresh pop of bright, fruity sweetness from the addition of DOLE Pineapple Chunks.
Comfort foods are known to bring about feelings of nostalgia, and while taste is a huge factor in delivering that warm and fuzzy feeling, we can’t forget about smell. Smell has been known to be our strongest tie to memory, which might explain why a whiff of an aromatic stew or freshly baked dessert immediately brings about a sense of security and familiarity.
Yassa is a dish known for its rich ﬂavor and heavenly aroma. Featuring tender chicken pieces mixed with caramelized onions in a spicy, citrus-infused sauce. this comforting classic originated in Senegal but has spread in popularity throughout West Africa.
The two largest exports from Senegal are peanuts and fish.
What’s better than one comfort food? Two of course. We’ve combined a classic Ivorian chicken stew with plump and doughy dumplings for the ultimate comfort dish Kedjenour with Fufu (Chicken Stew with Dumplings). The addition of nutrient and vitamin-rich plantains and cassava add a healthy twist to this hearty meal.
For dessert, we turn to a French inspired cake enriched with the bright, tropical ﬂavors of diced pineapple and shredded coconut known as Gâteau Molleux à l'Ananas et à la Noix de Coco (Soft Pineapple Coconut Cake). This recipe dates back to the French colonial period and is still a favorite on the Ivory Coast, due in part to their abundance of pineapple. In fact, the Ivory Coast is the second largest producer of pineapples in the world.