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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Wood Stove Home Cooking: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili for Two

Recipe from EatingWell's Test Kitchen

    Get out the soup bowls, gather the family and warm up by your Woodstock Soapstone stove for this cozy sweet potato & black bean chili recipe!

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 ⅓ cups water
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Original Recipe Directions (for a traditional stove top):

    Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and potato and cook, stirring often, until the onion is slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle and salt and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add water, bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes and lime juice; increase heat to high and return to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until slightly reduced, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in cilantro.

Tips for cooking on your Woodstock Soapstone Stove:

    Think of cooking on soapstone as if you're cooking with a slow cooker.  The soapstone is radiating the heat over a longer period of time, so the things that do best are soups, stews, etc.  

    The Progress Hybrid and Ideal Steel Hybrids give a little more versatility for heat due to their griddle top and removable center burners respectively, but slow and steady is the way to go for any of our wood stoves!

    For this particular dish, we recommend starting with the onions, sweet potatoes and spices first to soften them.  Then, add the other ingredients and simmer for about an hour or until your sweet potatoes are as soft as you like them.
    Garnish with sour cream and/or shredded cheese with tortilla chips on the side and enjoy!

    Soapstone won't ever absorb spills or stain as it's a non-porous surface, but if this delicious recipe does happen to find its way onto your soapstone stove top, no problem-  clean up with some fine-grit sandpaper and steel wool.  Good as new!

    We'll be cooking up our own pot of this chili on one of our in-factory wood stoves soon- watch our Facebook and blog for updates and videos!