Friday night we were invited to our friends Sebastian’s & Jaquie’s house for an amazing party. It was a dinner party with a twist. Each of us had to bring the ingredients and cook something from our country of origin. I made bobó de camarão, my favourite brazilian dish, and Alan made tarte au sucre, a Quebec specialty. You can read about the feast at Alan’s blog.
Anyways, a lot of people asked me for the recipe for my bobó so here it goes:
1 kg yuca (or mandioc, manioc…)
1 1/2 kg of shelled shrimp, the larger the better (if you buy them with shells, by about twice as much)
1 green pepper
1 large onion
1 litre chicken stock (you can use chicken cubes as well)
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp dendê oil (palm oil) – you can buy it at latin american food stores; it must be brazilian since the african variety won’t work.
2 cups coconut milk
some parsley & shallots
Clean and shell the shrimps. Season to taste – I add lime juice, black pepper and salt. Reserve.
Peel and cut the manioc and put in a pot with the chicken stock. Boil it until tender, drain and reserve both the cooking stock and the manioc. Mash the manioc coarsely with a fork or potato masher, adding some of the liquid to help in the process. Once the manioc is mashed, add the coconut milk and mix through.
While the manioc cooks, blend the tomatoes, peppers and onion in a blender. Heat the oils in a large heavy-bottomed casserole and add the tomato mixture. Let it simmer until it is well cooked, about 30 mins.
When the manioc pure is ready the tomato sauce should be done, so add the shrimp to the tomato sauce. Let it cook for about 10 mins, that is until the shrimps are thoroughly cooked. Add in the manioc pure and mix well. If it’s too thick, add some of stock used for cooking the manioc. Keep mixing until it boils – the manioc is heavy and will stick to the bottom and burn unless it is stirred. Add some parsley & shallots (optional) and serve over white rice.
Note: this is a very forgiving dish, so don’t worry too much about being perfectly exact on measurements. I added way too much liquid and didn’t have enough time to boil it off and yet, everybody loved it.