Fufu (Western and Central Africa)
Fufu (Foo-foo, Foufou, Foutou, fu fu) is to Western and Central Africa cooking what mashed potatoes 
are to traditional European-American cooking. There are Fufu-like staples all over Sub-Saharan Africa:
i.e., Eastern Africa's Ugali and Southern Africa's Sadza (which are usually made from ground corn
(maize), though West Africans use maize to make Banku and Kenkey, and sometimes use maize to make
Fufu). Fufu is a starchy accompaniment for stews or other dishes with sauce. In Western Africa, Fufu is
usually made from yams, sometimes combined with plantains. In Central Africa, Fufu is often made 
from cassava tubers, like Baton de Manioc. Other fufu-like foods, Liberia's dumboy for example, are 
made from cassava flour. Fufu can also be made from semolina, rice, or even instant potato flakes or
Bisquick. All over Africa, making fufu involves boiling, pounding, and vigorous stirring until the fufu is
thick and smooth.

Yam Fufu
2-4 pounds of yams (use large, white or yellow yams; not sweet potatoes, not "Louisiana yams"); or
equal parts yams and plantain bananas

1 teaspoon butter (optional)
1.) Place yams in large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until the yams are
soft (maybe half an hour). Remove pot from heat and cool yams with running water. Drain.

2.) Remove peels from yams. Add butter. Put yams in a bowl (or back in the empty pot) and mash
with a potato masher, then beat and stir with a wooden spoon until completely smooth. This
might take two people: one to hold the bowl and the other to stir.

3.) Shape the fufu into balls and serve immediately with meat stew or any dish with a sauce or
gravy. To eat it, tear off a small handful with your fingers and use it to scoop up your meat and

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