Edyth James of Saffron's Restaurant grew up in Jamaica, and here she treats us to a traditional recipe from the Caribbean. This jerk sauce can be used as a marinade, dressing or sauce on many different dishes. Try experimenting with different meats. You can also use this jerk sauce as a marinade for chicken to be cooked on an open grill.
The flavors of Margaritaville and Key West are all combined in this interesting salad, replete with tequila and lime! If you're a Jimmy Buffet fan, you'll know what we mean. If you've never heard of him, buy one of his CDs! The salad is hot, spicy, and refreshing; serve it with a grilled fish dish.
One evening at Marie Permenter's house in Trinidad, with Scotch-and-coconut water cocktails in hand, Mary Jane and I began discussing the versatility of mangos. Marie dashed into the kitchen and proceeded to whip up the following chutney for us to taste. Because of the ingredients, one would think that the taste is overwhelming. But quite the contrary; it is delicate and can be used as a dip for chips (plantain chips work well), vegetables, or crackers. Spanish thyme is also known as Indian borage (Coleus amboinicus), and Cuban oregano. Its origin is unknown, but it is grown as a fresh herb in many parts of the Caribbean. From the article Mango Madness!
The technique of soaking a food in a liquid to flavor it—or in the case of meats, to tenderize the cut—was probably brought to the Caribbean by the Spanish. A marinade is easier to use than a paste, and when grilling your jerk meats, the marinade can also be used as a basting sauce. “In Jamaica,” notes food writer Robb Walsh, “like Texas barbecue, jerk is served on butcher paper and eaten with your hands.” Serve this version of jerk with a salad and grilled plantains.
Named after the zombie-like stilt character that prowls around during Carnival celebrations, this sauce features two ingredients common to Trinidadian commercial sauces, papaya and mustard. The sauce can be used as a condiment or as a marinade for meat, poultry, and fish.
Gibi learned this recipe many years ago from Carlos, a 73-year-old man who lived in the Blue Mountain region of interior Jamaica. Note that jerk has spread throughout the Caribbean and is not just limited to Jamaica. Use this with pork or chicken. Fifteen Scotch bonnets makes an extremely hot paste, so feel free to lower this amount.
Here is a recipe for unleavened corn tortillas with chile powder added. For a leavened version, see the recipe for Sonoran Enchiladas. The yield will vary as to the size that they are rolled out, but a 7-inch diameter is standard. Feel free to use blue corn masa harina to make the slightly coarser blue corn tortillas.