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Monday, October 8, 2007

Callaloo and Saltfish

One favorite dish of mine on a Sunday Morning is some Callaloo and Saltfish (Codfish). Callaloo is very similar to Spinanch. I season it like I would season Collard Greens. To give the dish below a more island flavor I add just a hint of coconut cream to the mixture. Recipe is shown compliments of www.jamaicatravelandculture.com
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Callaloo plant




Callaloo and Codfish recipe

Ingredients

You will need the following ingredients to prepare enough callaloo and codfish for 4 people:-

Ackee and Saltfish - Ingredients 1/2 lb Saltfish (dried, salted codfish)
1/2 lb shredded callaloo
1 medium onion
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp of butter
1/2 a hot chilli pepper (ideally Scotch Bonnet)
1 sweet pepper
1 chopped tomato
1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme


Optional ingredients:-
2 cloves of garlic
4 Scallion (or spring onions)
6 Slices of bacon

Preparation

Ackee and Saltfish - Soaking the fish Cover the saltfish in cold water. Let soak overnight (minimum 8 hours) changing the water several times (this removes most of the salt)









Ackee and Saltfish - Cooking the fish Bring a pan of cold water to the boil and gently simmer the fish for 20 minutes (until the fish is tender).









Ackee and Saltfish - Chopping the ingredients Chop the onion, sweet pepper, chilli pepper and tomato whilst waiting for the fish to cook.










Ackee and Saltfish - Chopping the ingredients Wash the Callaloo in a pot of water and drain thoroughly.










Ackee and Saltfish - Preparing the fish Remove the fish from water and allow to cool.
Remove all of bones and skin then flake the flesh of the fish.









Cooking

Ackee and Saltfish - Frying - stage 1 Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the onion, black pepper, sweet pepper, chilli and thyme. Fry for about 5 minutes.









Ackee and Saltfish - Frying - stage 2 Add the callaloo and half a cup of water, cover and steam for 15 minutes










Ackee and Saltfish - Frying - stage 2 Add the tomatoes and flaked fish and steam for another 10 minutes










Serving

Ackee and Saltfish - Serving Serve with yam, green banana, fried dumplings and Irish potato (collectively known as food).





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3 comments:

Wakela Runen said...

That sounds absolutely delicious! I will have to try it some time. Then again, I love eating Jamaican food, but I am not that great at cooking it.

iriegal said...

Wakela, thanks for stopping by. Traditionally Jamaica has some main ingredients for many of its dishes. I will try to post some real simple ones. Check back often to see if something you like is on the site...

and then try it..HAPPY EATING!!

:-)

Retellect said...

What do you think of my method? Its really similar but I focus more on tinned callaloo. http://hubpages.com/hub/Traditional-Jamaican-Recipes-Callaloo-and-Saltfish