Get Your Caribbea-ON!
After decades of being conquered by other countries, Caribbean Cuisine has grown into a fusion of African, Amerindian, European, East Indian, Arab and Chinese cuisine married with the cooking styles of the various native populations. The result is a powerhouse of bright flavors, exotic spice combinations and unique ingredients.
Add some excitement to your dinner with any of these Caribbean favorites!
Ribs marinated overnight in a delicious and authentic Jamaican Jerk seasoning then cooked low and slow to sweet-spicy perfection!
Similar to ribs, this chicken is marinated in delicious jerk seasoning before being grilled or oven baked.
The perfect side dish to accompany any grilled meat, poultry or fish, this slaw is a refreshing change-of-pace to your usual side salad!
An excellent solution to calming down all that spice! Coconut rice incorporates ginger, garlic, cinnamon, coconut milk, sugar, lime, white pepper and some shredded unsweetened coconut for a sweet compliment to the bold flavors of your Caribbean meal.
It might look strange, but there’s no need to be intimidated by yucca (also known as cassava)! Simply use a peeler on that hard skin and proceed exactly as you would a potato. The taste is smoother and less abrupt than potato with a smoother, fluffier texture. Amazing pan-fried, roasted or grilled with your favorite seasonings!
Plantains are served alongside almost every meal in Caribbean cooking and it’s easy to see why. Simply pan-fry in some oil and sprinkle with sea salt for a sweet and salty side dish that blows away any french fry!
Available with a variety of meat, chicken and veggie stuffings on the islands, the Jamaican Beef Patty is the most popular patty to break beyond the Caribbean. You can make them as spicy or mild as you like by limiting or omitting the peppers.
At the mention of “curry”, it isn’t uncommon for Indian food to come to mind. While Caribbean curry does call for curry paste or powder, it is lighter and (oftentimes) spicier than the Indian variety and is marketed specifically as “Caribbean Curry”.
Much like yucca and plantains, the Caribbean loves their starchy sweet potatoes! This version adds a refreshing dash of Caribbean Citrus Spices for a tangy and bright addition to the sweetness of the sweet potato.
Caribbean cuisine finds a way to incorporate habanero, scotch bonnet and other peppers into their cooking for their token spiciness. Add some “pow!” to any dish with this spicy Caribbean-style pepper sauce!
While coconut is common in savory uses, Caribbean chefs do appreciate their sweets as well! This simple scratch recipe calls for shredded coconut, cane sugar, coconut oil and coconut rum for a unique cake topped with confectioners sugar for the perfect end to your Caribbean feast!
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July 24, 2019