Jamaican food or “Jamaican cuisine” is a culinary delight I really enjoy like many others. I believe, it a national cuisine that has truly evolved over the years.
On one of my first trips to Jamaica in Montego Bay, I remember having my first taste of “Jerk Chicken.” I purchased this tasty treat while walking down Gloucester Avenue not too far from my hotel. The smell of the smoking meat came from a cart where a young gentleman was selling the chicken along with thick pieces of white bread and soda bottles of Ting.
The smell of the chicken enticed me so much that I told him to give me an order of it along with a slice of the white bread. When I took my first bite I was pleasantly surprised. The flavor and heat of the meat was intense with spicy flavors of the scotch bonnet peppers and allspice. Some Jamaicans will tell you that the way to make true Jerk is too cook over pimento wood, which gives the meat its “smoky flavor.”
Jamaica is famous for popular dishes such as Jerk Chicken and Pork. (Meat that is marinated for 12-24 hours) This is how the meat gets its bold flavor.
Other popular dishes include rice and peas, meat patties, roti, ackee and saltfish and curry goat. Another popular dish is a fish stew made with snapper or swordfish called “Rundown” It’s key ingredient includes coconut milk along with flavors of thyme and seasonings.
In my collection of Jamaican recipes, you’ll find some of these specialties for you to try at home. Once you start preparing some, I’m sure you’ll continue to make them time and time again. Enjoy.
Rice And Peas
Fried Sweet Plantains
Saltfish With Ackee
Pan Fried Yams
Stamp & Go (Codfish Cakes)
Marinated Grilled Fish
Jamaican Planters Punch
Chicken In Coconut Sauce
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