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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
Ackee and saltfish, Jerk Chicken, Brown Stew Pork, Escoveitch Fish and the list goes on. Jamaican cuisine is filled with tasty main course protein dishes. Unfortunately, the side dishes pale in comparison and besides the regular rice and peas, you might struggle a bit coming up with suitable Jamaican side dishes.
Here are some of the top Jamaican side dishes.
These make a great side dish. Plantains are quite similar to bananas, but they are larger in size and have a higher starch content. Plantains can be cooked both green and ripe. It is usually boiled or fried.
Fried green or ripe plantains are mostly eaten at breakfast time or as an accompaniment to other sides such as rice and peas or plain rice. Boiled green and ripe plantains are mostly eaten at dinner time along with a saucy meat dish such as stewed beef, brown stew chicken and curried chicken.
The go-to side dish and the most commonly served in most restaurants. Rice and peas are made by cooking red kidney beans then adding coconut milk, rice, pepper, pimento seeds, garlic, ginger and scallion and thyme.
Rice and peas are served with a variety of dishes including fried chicken, curry goat, oxtails and many others. Other popular rice dishes are pumpkin rice, callaloo rice, gungo rice and peas and coconut rice.
There are various types of yam found in jamaica including yellow yam, renta yam and pumpum yam. Yam is most times boiled along with other ground provisions and dumplings and served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
It goes well with just about any main dish you can think of, from vegetables to fish, chicken, pork or beef. Yam is also sometimes roasted, this is most commonly eaten with ackee and saltfish or roasted saltfish.
These are all Jamaican ground provisions, we refer to as “grung food”. They are all a bit similar in colour and texture. They are normally cooked alongside other foods such as bananas, yam and dumplings. Just as with yams, you can have this with pretty much any main dish and they are frequently cooked in soups.
Breadfruit is roasted over fire then sliced and served hot. When the roasted breadfruit gets cold, it can be sliced and fried. Breadfruit is also boiled, especially in soups or along with other boiled foods.
Did you know breadfruit can also be made into flour?
This classic flatbread made from cassava has a distinctive texture. The round bread is fried in little oil until golden brown and is crisp on the exterior and delicate on the inside. Bammy is traditionally paired with escoveitch fish.
A long, thin shape is created from flour, sugar, and finely crushed cornmeal dough. To get the right consistency, combine ingredients with water or milk, then deep fry them till crisp and golden. Festivals are commonly had with jerk chicken or pork, and ackee and saltfish.
Cabbage, onion, carrots, salt, and pepper should all be combined. Dressings made of mayonnaise, lime juice and vinegar are sometimes used. Some people also choose to add raisins to their coleslaw.
A wonderful and nutritious side dish is created by combining cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, scallions, tomato, salt, pepper, thyme, and Scotch bonnet pepper. A great option for those who are a bit more health conscious. A callaloo version can be created by simply swapping out the cabbage with callaloo, or a combination of both can be used.
Is another popular side dish. Corn is usually boiled or roasted and eaten with a variety of dishes including fish, vegetables and chicken.
Though the Jamaican side dishes may not be quite plentiful, they are very versatile and most goes well with just about every dish. We have some delicious dishes that you will be able to try on most Caribbean islands, here are some of our favourites now.
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Jamaican Side Dishes | Written: July 24th, 2022