Marinades can also be used for cooking without the use of heat such as in ceviche. They work by breaking down the tough connective tissues and firming the protein, the same effect that heat has. Foods without resistant connective tissues, such as fish, can be "cooked," or technically pickled, in this way. Only buy the freshest of fish for ceviche and I always freeze the fish overnight before thawing and using, just to be on the safe side.
This gazpacho is a refreshing and spicy blend of shrimp, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro and lime! Crab meat or lobster could be substituted for the shrimp. Don’t substitute dried cilantro for fresh as the flavor will be entirely different. Serve with Chile Lime Garlic Shrimp to make an unforgettable shrimp cocktail.
This is an island coleslaw with a bonney pepper kick, another one of the spectacular dishes served up by Anne Marie on our picnic. She says that it tastes best (of course) when made with her brand of hot sauce, Tropical Inferno. Warning: this is not a low fat recipe.
"Do not let the pleasant taste fool you," warns Anne Marie, "it carries the kick of a mule!" She continues, "In case you drink up your supply and in your liquorized state find that you are having difficulty with the formula, this clever little rhyme will help you:
This versiion of the famous island seasoning is from Ann Marie Whittaker, who noted: "This is found in almost every home and is the secret to the success for many mouth-watering Bajan dishes." One of the favorite uses is to place it between the meat and skin of chicken pieces before grilling, baking, or frying.
Believe it or not, the macadamia nut tree was first grown only for ornamental purposes. Thankfully, someone experimented with the nuts and discovered their butter-like, slightly sweet nature. This bread is so rich you won’t need to butter it.
Grilled beans! What will they think of next? We’re not suggesting you grill them bean by bean, but rather these are little bean torpedos bound together by mushrooms and bread crumbs. And go ahead, use black beans, kidney beans, whatever. Shape them into patties and serve them on hamburger buns. The chipotles in the sour cream add just the smoky flavor needed to complete the grilled bean experience. Serve with a corn and poblano chile strips salad and Mexican rice.
Although the title of this Cajun-based recipe is Barbecue Shrimp, the dish is actually cooked, not barbecued. Using the sauce as a condiment reduces the need for a number of ingredients as well as making it very easy to prepare.
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.