Caribbean Cuisine and Recipes

Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of African, Amerindian, European, East Indian, Arab and Chinese cuisine. These traditions were brought from many different countries when they came to the Caribbean. In addition, the population has created styles that are unique to the region.

Aloo Pie

An aloo pie is a variant of the samosa popular in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a soft, fried pastry made from flour and water, and filled with boiled, spiced and mashed potatoes (aloo being the Hindi word for “potato”) and other vegetables like green peas or chana dal (split chickpeas without their seedcoat).

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Antiguan and Barbudan Cuisine

Antigua and Barbuda cuisine refers to the cuisines of the Caribbean islands Antigua and Barbuda. The national dish is fungie and pepper pot. Fungie is a dish that’s similar to Italian Polenta, made mostly with cornmeal. Other local dishes include ducana, seasoned rice, saltfish and lobster.

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Arroz con Gandules – Rice with Pigeon Peas

Arroz con gandules is a combination of rice, pigeon peas and pork, cooked in the same pot with Puerto Rican-style sofrito. This is the signature dish of Puerto Rican culture and also has become very popular throughout Latin America and the Caribbean

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Atol de Platano – Hot Plantain Beverage

Plantains are firmer and lower in sugar than regular bananas, and while bananas are usually eaten raw, plantains are mostly cooked. You can use green plantain to make tostones, but the riper the fruit, the sweeter the taste of this Caribbean and Latin American cuisine staple. In the case of Atol de Platano, use ripe plantains. You’ll know they are ready to use when the peel turns black. This beverage can be served at any time of day.

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Avena Oatmeal Drink

Avena is a South American beverage prepared with stewed oatmeal, milk, water, cinnamon, clove and sugar.

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Bajan Pepper Sauce

Bajan Pepper Sauce is a Barbadian style hot sauce condiment made from hot peppers. It is similar to Cajan-style hot sauce and is traditionally applied in local Barbadian cuisine including: meat, poultry, or fish.

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Barbados Pepperpot

When you are in Barbados if you go to any restaurant that lays on a traditional Sunday Bajan buffet, you will find Bajan Pepperpot on the menu. Caribbean soups are often passed down from generation to generation and as with most Caribbean entities, the soup’s diversity is what makes it what it is. Various versions of the revered Pepperpot brew exist.

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Buñuelos

A Buñuelo is a fried dough ball. It is a popular snack in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Peru, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, and is a tradition at Christmas, Ramadan and among Sephardic Jews at Hanukkah. It will usually have a filling or a topping.

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Caribbean Green Seasoning

Green Seasoning is a mixture of fresh herbs, onions, garlic and hot peppers. Making your own green seasoning is very easy. Choose herbs that you like. You must use fresh herbs to make green seasoning; dried herbs won’t work. There are certain herbs that people don’t like, feel free to leave out those herbs. Along with the fresh herbs, you will need onions, garlic and hot peppers.

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Caribbean Iced Coconut Soup

Iced Coconut Soup is a traditional Cayman Island recipe for a classic chilled soup of coconut milk and chicken stock flavoured with curry powder.

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Choripán – Grilled Chorizo Sandwich

Chorípan is the clever hybrid name for one of the most popular South American sandwiches. It’s a sandwich of chorizo sausage on a crusty bread roll (chor for chorizo y pan for bread). Choripan is a popular street food that is best straight off the barbecue.

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Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Hot and spicy, with a wildly sweet aroma! It is wonderful on pork, chicken and seafood. This is the next best thing to being on the beach in Jamaica. This recipe is intended for rotisserie or indirect grilling methods but can also be used for roasting meats in the oven.

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Niños Envueltos – Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

These cabbage rolls are a mixture of rice and beef mince wrapped in cabbage leaves and slowly cooked in a tomato sauce. This healthy and delicious dish can be frozen, just like spring rolls, and reheated later.

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Pan de Agua – Puerto Rican Water Bread

Similar to French or Italian bread, Puerto Rican water bread (pan de agua) uses the same basic ingredients, however the baking procedure is different. The dough is put in a cold oven, set above a pan of boiling water. The bread continues to rise as the oven heats causing the crust to become thin and crisp.

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Pernil O Pierna Asada Estilo Cubano – Cuban Roast Pork Shoulder

You have possibly never tasted a more delicious roast pork than this Cuban Roast Pork. A large pork shoulder is slow roasted with the mojo sauce that has been marinated into the meat giving it that most delicious taste. The aroma will mesmerise you when this pork is roasting in the oven.

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Salada di Batata – Potato Salad

The Brazilian salada de batata are made with large cubes of steamed or boiled larger potatoes, generally peeled before cooking, either passed in the pan with garlic, chives and parsley, or some other herbs or vegetables, and covered with cream, or mixing mayonnaise, some olive oil, raw garlic, raw onion and other herbs and one more or various other ingredients.

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Salsa Ajili Mojili – Hot Pepper and Garlic Sauce

Ajilimójili is a hot sauce or hot and sweet sauce from Puerto Rico, traditionally served over grilled seafood, vegetables, boiled tuber vegetables and especially grilled meats. The sauce is a combination of olive oil, garlic, coriander or culantro, hot peppers, pepper, vinegar or citrus juice, all finely chopped or blended, simmered and cooled to serve.

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Sazón – Puerto Rican Seasoning Salt

Sazón means “seasoning” in Spanish. In Puerto Rico, it also refers to a seasoned salt that is used everywhere in Puerto Rican cooking. The seasonings add not only flavour, but also a subtle orange hue to many dishes. Many island cooks use the store-bought version. Here is a homemade approximation.

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Sofrito

Sofrito is the secret ingredient in many Latin Caribbean dishes and it’s so easy to make. It’s a versatile, aromatic puree of tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, onions, and garlic. You may use a food processor or blender for desired result.

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Tamarind Chutney – Imli Ki Chutney

This tangy chutney can be used as a dip or stir-in sauce for numerous snacks (an example being the Trinidadian Aloo pie).

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