Jamaicans will “jerk” just about any kind of meat, and this Jamaican Jerk Pork Loin is an outstanding taste treat. The taste treat you will receive is far more pleasurable than the small amount of work it takes. Making a juicy, spicy slab of Jamaican Jerk Pork Loin is very easy.
Fried Chicken traditional Bajan Style is beloved by the natives of Barbados. “Bajans” (which they call themselves) favor this kind of super spicy hot way of preparing fried chicken. Bajans refer to this kind of preparation as “seasoning up” a dish. For the best results, after seasoning the chicken, refrigerate it for a couple hours before the deep frying. This will allow the flavors to meld and blend deeply into the meat.
Fried Chicken Traditional Bajan Style Recipe-
Cuban Marinated Grilled Rib Eye Steak is as wonderful and special as any meat eating and grilling enthusiast could ever hope for. Many countries and cultures have grilled steaks in their cuisines, of course, but Cuban Marinated Grilled Rib Eye Steak is unique. This is because of the specific marination ingredients and preparation method – and it is very Cuban!
Marinated Grilled Rib Eye Steak (Cuban Style) Recipe-
Trini Style Curried Duck is curried duck like you’ve never had before, trust me. The combination of special spices and curries – unique to their cuisine – is what makes Trini Style Curried Duck a meal to long remember.
Trini Style Curried Duck Recipe-
Cassava Root Pasties (“Empanaditas de Catibias” in Spanish) is the Dominican Republic’s version of the globally popular meat pie. The cassava root (also called yucca) pastry makes it uniquely Dominican. Together with the ground beef with veggies and spices, Cassava Root Pasties is a remarkable culinary treat.
Cassava Root Pasties Recipe-
Dominican Bejenjenas Guisadas con Cerdo (Braised Pork and Eggplants) is a nationwide popular meal in that country. Try some, you will see why!
Dominican Bejenjenas Guisadas con Cerdo Recipe-
Puerto Rican Rice and Beans, the real authentic version, is a standout dish. Many countries have a beans and rice dish (or several) in their cuisines – Mexico especially comes to mind. The Southern Soul foods of America also have wonderful beans and rice dishes. However, properly prepared, with the traditional ingredients and methods, a good bowl of authentic Puerto Rican rice and beans just can’t be beat!
Authentic Puerto Rican Rice and Beans Recipe-
Callaloo soup is immensely popular in Saint Lucia, as well as many other Caribbean countries. A wonderfully tasty “comfort food”, you will find callaloo soup on the menu in many restaurants, as well as being served at home, prepared from scratch. There are two main ingredients. One is the Caribbean strain of greens that we in the West would call spinach – callaloo leaves. The other is okra – or “okro” as it is often called in the Caribbean.
Okro was introduced to Saint Lucia, as well as many other isles in the region, centuries ago by Africans, where it has been indigenous for millennia. Since Africans call the vegetable “okro”, that name has stuck with it where it wound up being transplanted.
There are many variations on this delightful soup, mostly having to do with what else goes into it. Always it is mainly callaloo and okro, but it can have either meat or seafood in it as well. Garnishes will differ, also. Some like avocado slices with it, some prefer to add various degrees of hot peppers. Some people put slices of uncooked tomatoes in each serving.
This recipe is a version traditional to Saint Lucia, with crab meat, corned beef, and hot peppers. The peppers are optional, if you don’t like hot, spicy foods.
Saint Lucian Callaloo Soup Recipe-
Authentic Bajan Beef Stew is a true “comfort food”. In Barbados, it is traditionally served as the main entree, accompanied by peas, rice, pickled cucumbers, and sweet potato pie. Bajan cooks, however will usually have multiple variations on the meal. Oftentimes the extra ingredients are comprised of whatever is available in the kitchen. They get included into the pot, but always the mainstay ingredients and seasonings are the same.
You can, after trying out this very traditional, mainstream version of authentic Bajan Beef Stew, to improvise in your kitchen. Once you get the basics down, you can get creative and customize it even further toward you and your family’s personal tastes.
Authentic Bajan Beef Stew Supreme Recipe-
Grenadian Oil Down, the country’s national dish, is absolutely outstanding! The traditional version uses breadfruit, salted codfish and spinach or callaloo leaves as the primary ingredients, making a stew simmered in coconut milk. After including those basic ingredients, you can add almost anything that suits your personal tastes. Add more kinds of seafood, some people like to add chicken, go ahead and include some more favorite veggies – feel free!
Spiced and seasoned to perfection, you will soon discover why Grenadian Oil Down became such a beloved meal in this little country!
Grenadian Oil Down Recipe-
Puerto Rican Fricassee de Lambi is a classic Caribbean dish featuring lamb meat, and it is a national favorite. You can fricassee poultry, pork, seafood, and other red meats also. But my favorite is this particular recipe for truly traditional and authentic Puerto Rican Fricassee de Lambi.
(Note: this recipe is just one of many, taken from our Caribbean Islands Cuisine pages!)
Puerto Rican Fricassee de Lambi Recipe-
Immensely popular in Belize is this Coconut Chicken Curry dish. It can be served by itself as a mid-day lunch meal, or as one of the entrees in a larger, supper repast. The subtle blending of curry, spices, coconut milk is absolutely marvelous. Also, the dash of hot chili pepper sauce adds just the right “kick” to this delightful dish.
Coconut Chicken Curry Recipe-
Trini style Chana Masala is Trinidadian cuisine at its fines. Chana Masala is originally from South India, but the Trinidadians developed a love for the dish and made some ethnic adaptions of their own. The special blend of spices and herbs are what make Trini style Chana Masala so special.
Trini Style Chana Masala Recipe-
Puerto Rican Habichuelas Rosadas (Puerto Rican rice and beans) is the perfect compliment side dish to just about any Caribbean main entree. In fact, it is so tasty and filling, Puerto Rican Habichuelas Rosadas can be taken by itself as a full meal.
Puerto Rican Habichuelas Rosadas Recipe-
Barbadian Guava Cheese is a nationwide favorite sweet delicacy in Barbados. It is also popular in other regions, perhaps mostly in Southwest India, Goa, where is is also known as “perad”. Guava cheese was brought to Goa by the Portuguese, and its popularity spread into the Caribbean Islands as well.
In the United States, it has other names, such as: Pasta de guayaba, Guayabate, or Guava Paste. With a texture much the same as fudge, Bajans eat it by itself as a dessert, or it can be used as a filling in pastries of pies. It is also wonderful as a spread over toast. There are several variations of this delicacy, but this is the basic, authentic, traditional version, and why I call it Barbadian Guava Cheese Supreme!