Everything is Irie! A Special Thanks to Jamaica.

I fell in love with Jamaica.  The incredible people, culture and cuisine was surpassed only by the fragrant fresh air, gorgeous beaches and coastal plains that give you the feeling you’re standing as close to heaven as humanly possible.

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One of the biggest pleasures I had on this adventure was meeting new friends. The Jamaican Tourist Board went out of their way to showcase Jamaica’s best.

Symerna Blake, our fabulous guide, is a knowledgeable ambassador for Jamaica. Thank you Symerna for making the trip so special.

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I’d also like to thank our ultra savvy driver Jermaine Smith from Paradise Travels whose road warrior skills and panache got us through some tough terrain… always on-time and in-style!

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With endless gratitude,

Nicholas Rosaci and Team Dabble

 

Escovitch Dressing

Recipe courtesy Cook Like a Jamaican

Escovitch

Originally appeared in Issue 4

 

INGREDIENTS
½ each green and red bell pepper, julienned
1 medium carrot, julienned
1 small onion, sliced in rings
3 tbsp cooking oil (use leftover oil used to fry fish)
⅔ cup vinegar
10 pimento seeds (optional)
½ tsp salt
1 tsp pepper sauce
½ scotch bonnet pepper, seed removed
and chopped

DIRECTIONS
Cut vegetables and put aside.

Put vinegar and oil into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add carrots and pimento seeds and let simmer for about 1 minute. Add salt, pepper sauce and bell peppers and simmer for 1 minute.

Add onion and simmer for about 3 minutes or until the onion is transparent. Add scotch bonnet pepper and stir.

Place fish into serving dish and spoon dressing on top.

Serves 4

Jamaican Rice and Peas

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Recipe courtesy Cook Like a Jamaican

Growing up in a family where food is the great connector, I’ve learned the unspoken rules of eating like a Jamaican. One, you always have soup on Saturday. Two, you must always eat rice and peas on Sunday.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 can (19 oz) kidney beans with liquid

2 cups water

1 can (14 oz) coconut milk

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small onion or 2 stalks scallion, chopped

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 cups long grain rice, rinsed and drained

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pour kidneys beans and liquid in large sauce pan and add water. Add coconut milk, chopped onion, garlic, and dried thyme. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil.

Add rice and boil on high for 2 minutes. Turn heat to low, cover pot and cook until all water is absorbed. Fluff with fork before serving.

Serves 6 to 8

Escovitched Snapper

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Recipe courtesy Cook Like a Jamaican

INGREDIENTS:
4 whole red snapper
1 cup cooking oil
Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

The day before serving, clean and scale the fish. Season with salt and black pepper and refrigerate.

Set stove to high and add cooking oil to pan. Dry fish with paper towel and pan fry for about 5 minutes on each side. Take fish out of pan and place on paper towel to drain oil.

Escovitched Dressing

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 each green and red bell pepper, julienned
1 medium carrot, julienned
1 small onion, sliced in rings
3 tbsp cooking oil (use leftover oil used to fry fish)
2/3 cup vinegar
10 pimento seeds (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper sauce
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper, seed removed and chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:
Cut vegetables and put aside.

Put vinegar and oil into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add carrots and pimento seeds and let simmer for about 1 minute. Add salt, pepper sauce and bell peppers and simmer for 1 minute.

Add onion and simmer for about 3 minutes or until the onion is transparent. Add scotch bonnet pepper and stir.

Place fish into serving dish and spoon dressing on top.

Serves 4

Spicy Jerk Chicken

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We love the spiciness of Jamaican food and wanted to recreate the taste of the piquant island in Dabble’s kitchen.

Jerk Chicken
The jerk seasoning can be made a day in advance. The chicken needs to marinate for at least four hours and can sit as long as overnight.

Ingredients
3 tbsp dark rum
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup malt vinegar
10 green onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped
2 tbsp dried thyme
2 Scotch bonnet chiles or habanero chiles with seeds, chopped
2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 tsp ground allspice
4 tsp ground ginger
4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp dark brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 3- to 3 1/2-pound chickens, halved lengthwise, rinsed, patted dry
1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Directions

1. Boil rum and 2 tablespoons water in small saucepan for 3 minutes.

2. Transfer rum mixture to blender; add vinegar and next 12 ingredients and blend until almost smooth.

3. Transfer 2 tablespoons jerk seasoning to small bowl; mix in ketchup and soy sauce to make sauce. (Jerk seasoning and sauce can be made 1 day ahead; cover separately and refrigerate.)

4. Arrange chicken in large roasting pan or baking dish. Pour lime juice over; turn to coat. Spoon jerk seasoning over chicken and rub in. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, turning occasionally. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

5. Preheat oven to 350 °F or prepare barbecue (medium heat). Remove chicken from jerk seasoning marinade; sprinkle with salt and pepper. If roasting chicken in oven, arrange chicken, skin side up, on rimmed baking sheet.

6. Roast until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced with fork, about 50 minutes. If grilling chicken, place chicken, skin side down, on grill rack, cover, and grill until chicken is cooked through, turning occasionally and adjusting heat if browning too quickly, about 50 minutes.

7. Cut each chicken half into pieces and serve with sauce.

Read the entire article ‘Eat Like a Jamaican’ in Issue 4 of Dabble.