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Stewed Tomatoes with Callaloo

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Stewed Tomatoes with Callaloo
by James Belardo

Callaloo may be a rarely used vegetable here in North America, but in the Caribbean (especially Jamaica) this leafy green vegetable rules! Originally of West African origins, the plant migrated over to the caribbean with the Africans. When we saw the plant at our local garden store we had to buy it, hopefully we’ll be able to find it every year. In this recipe we marry the sweetness of the stewed tomatoes with the soft green callaloo and some key Jamaican spices. It seems to work best served over rice but can also work with pasta! It’s a great accompaniment to spicy grilled meats such as BBQ’d Jerk Chicken, Roast Pork or even stewed goat.

Ingredients
1 can plum tomatoes (28 oz) roughly cut
3-4 cups callaloo, roughly cut into small pieces
1/2 onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
1 cup Chicken stock (try our homemade version) – or use vegetable stock if  making this a vegan dish
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter – optional (omit if you’re making this vegan)
1-2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4-1/2 scotch bonnet or habenaro pepper (very hot)*
Sprig of thyme or 1/2 tsp dried
1/2 tsp pimento seeds, roughly crushed (allspice)
Salt and Pepper to taste

* if you want the flavor but not the heat, you can cook with a whole, unpunctured hot pepper
** also, you can add  a diced red pepper to the mix

Directions
1. On medium-high, Pre-heat 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1-2 tbsp coconut oil in a sauce pot or small dutch oven. Sauté the onions and Scotch Bonnet Pepper, when the onion begins to turn translucent, add the diced garlic
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2. Add the crushed pimento seeds and thyme. If you are using some of the callaloo stalks toss them in too.
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3. Add 1 cup of chicken (or vegetable) stock and allow to come to a boil.
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4. Once boiling add the cut plum tomatoes and some salt.
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5. After the tomatoes have stewed for awhile, add the cut callaloo and mix well.
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6. After cooking for 10-15 minutes sample it and add salt and pepper to taste. You can also add some more coconut oil or some unsalted butter.
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7. Continue to let it stew until you’ve reached the consistency you like.
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Serve with rice or potatoes

Enjoy

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Written by Zio James

September 25, 2017 at 3:07 PM

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