Jamaican Jerk Curry
There are few things as challenging as a food blogger as having to cook a cuisine for a challenge that you have no familiarity with. While I’m familiar with Jamaica, the bits I know are from books and movies – which is something I need to correct. In looking for recipes I noted a fondness for peanuts and pork, two things that aren’t exactly welcome in my house. However I kept looking and googling for common ingredients, and with that decided to take the base of a few Jerk Curry recipes I found and make them vegetarian friendly. I also decided to make my own jerk seasoning, using this recipe I found on AllRecipes.com, which was easy to make and mostly required standard pantry spices.
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp Jerk seasoning
1 sweet onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 inch ginger, shredded
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 large beef steak tomato, diced
1 scotch bonnet pepper, deseeded and diced (optional)
1/4 cup pineapple, diced (fresh or canned - saving at least 1 tsp of juice)
2 cups black beans, presoaked and well rinsed
1 cup wild rice, presoaked (if needed)
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the jerk seasoning and fry for a minute, stirring to prevent burning. Add the onion, ginger and garlic and cook for an additional 7 minutes, garlic should start to turn golden. Add the white wine vinegar and stir well.
- Add the sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, allowing the potato to slight crisp on the outside before adding the peppers and tomato.
- Meanwhile prepare the wild rice per box instructions. Once finished fluff and set aside.
- Add the pineapple, along with the reserved juice, and the black beans. Stir everything well then add the cooked rice, stir again and then cook until beans are warm.
- Serve and enjoy!
This dish was a HUGE hit – can’t begin to explain how much my husband enjoyed it! The combination of sweet and spicy was perfection, and the rice gave just the right amount of texture to the dish. It might have a rather long ingredient list but it was totally worth it, another great find thanks to /52weeksofcooking.