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Callaloo Seasoned Rice with Red Peppers

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Callaloo Seasoned Rice with Red Peppers
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 the rice! 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.

This recipe was Inspired by one of our trips to Jamaica. I have spoken to a few Jamaican friends to get advice and have created this simple and closest to the bone recipe. Best served with spicy grilled meats such as BBQ’d Jerk Chicken or Roast Pork or even stewed goat. I hope you enjoy our take on a true Jamaican classic!

Ingredients
2-3 cups callaloo, roughly cut into small pieces
1/2 onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1-2 scallions (green onions)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter – optional
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4-1/2 scotch bonnet or habenaro pepper (very hot)*
Sprig of thyme
1 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

Rice
1 cup brown rice (uncooked)
2 cups Chicken stock (try our homemade version) or vegetable stock
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Directions (while cooking the rice)

1. On medium-high, Pre-heat 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 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 diced red pepper and cook until just turning tender

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3. Add 1 tsp crushed ‘pimento’ seeds (use a mortar and pestle).
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4. Add the chopped callaloo and crushed pimento seeds. If you are using some of the callaloo stalks toss them in first and let them soften before adding the spices and leaves. Cook covered for 5-10 minutes, mixing periodically.

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5. Add the scallions (or chives)

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6. Add 1-2 tbsp butter (optional), thyme and some salt and pepper

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7. Add the cooked rice and mix well

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Enjoy!

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Written by Zio James

September 8, 2015 at 3:48 PM

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