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Callaloo Seasoned Rice

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#Homemade #Callaloo #SeasonedRice #CucinaDelloZio

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

Rice
1 cup brown rice (uncooked)
2 cups Chicken stock (try our homemade version) or vegetable stock
1 tbsp Coconut 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.
#Homemade #Callaloo #SeasonedRice #CucinaDelloZio - sauté onions garlic & scotch bonnet w/evoo+coconut oil

2. Add the chopped callaloo and crushed pimento seeds.
#Homemade #Callaloo #SeasonedRice #CucinaDelloZio - add callaloo#Homemade #Callaloo #SeasonedRice #CucinaDelloZio - crushed pimento seeds

3. Add the scallions (or chives)
#Homemade #Callaloo #SeasonedRice #CucinaDelloZio - scallions or chives

4. Add 1-2 tbsp butter
#Homemade #Callaloo #SeasonedRice #CucinaDelloZio - butter

5. Add the cooked rice and mix well
#Homemade #Callaloo #SeasonedRice #CucinaDelloZio - brown rice (chicken stock)

Enjoy!

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Written by Zio James

August 4, 2015 at 11:03 AM

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  1. Came to see your Spaghetti Carbonara recipe but was SUPER excited when I saw the Callaloo recipe! We have made many, many trips to Jamaica and love our callaloo!! Can’t wait to try this recipe! Any suggestions for a good stateside substitute for callaloo? I’ve used Tuscan kale and thought that came pretty close…what do you think?

    Sharon Warkala

    August 6, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    • Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for the comment. Yeah, callaloo is pretty awesome and pretty rare to find (especially fresh). We was lucky this year to find plants! What I’ve been told by friends from Jamaica, St. Vincent and Trinidad that they sometimes use spinach… the issues I have with that is the softer leaf and stem of spinach which means you should just throw them in in the last minute… you can try collard-greens but they’re a bit tougher and would require more ‘cooking.’

      BTW Thanks for visiting!
      Jb

      a grape chef

      August 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

  2. […] find some plants for our garden this year, and as you know… nothing tastes as best as fresh! Click here for the recipe for Callaloo Seasoned […]


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