Jamaican Blue Drawers

A traditional Jamaican dessert, Blue Drawers are traditionally made with banana leaves over an open flame which gave the filling a blue tint.

Jamaican Blue Drawers

2 cups cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp C&C Mixed Spice
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla

banana leaves/aluminium foil
banana bark/string

Mix all dry ingredients and grated coconut together. Add coconut milk and vanilla, and mix well. Place about 1/2 cup of mixture into the banana leaf or foil. Fold up the sides to make a secure parcel. Tie with banana bark or string.

Cooking Method # 1
Drop into boiling water. There should be enough water to cover the parcels. Simmer for about an hour.

Cooking Method #2
Cook package on the BBQ over a medium, indirect heat for 45 minutes until the inside has set.

Cooking Method #3
Cook in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 45 minutes until the inside has set.

Remove banana leaves (or foil) before eating.

 

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Home Made Ketchup

Ketchup
1 1/2 cups tomato paste (2 cans)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup raw apple cider
3 to 4 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp C&C Ketchup Blend
Pinch cayenne pepper

In a small saucepan add the sugar and water.  Over very low heat stir until sugar is dissolved.  Whisk in all the other ingredients and cook over very low heat for 2 to 3 minutes to mix the C&C Ketchup Blend with the tomato paste.

Taste and adjust the salt and seasonings if necessary.  Pour into a clean glass jar, cover and store in the refrigerator where it will keep for months.

Herbed Sandwich Spread

Herbed Sandwich Spread
1 1/2 cup diced sweet yellow onion
2 TBSP olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cup sour cream
1 TBSP C&C Herb Dressing & Dip blend
Salt and pepper to taste

In a sauté pan over medium heat add oil, heat and add onions and salt. Cook the onions until they are caramelized, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Mix the rest of the ingredients including the Herb Dressing and Dip blend, and then add the cooled onions.

Refrigerate for at least one hour. Stir before serving as a chip or vegetable dip or as the spread on your favourite grilled chicken sandwich.

Pulled Jerk Pork

 

Pulled Jerk Pork

1 boneless pork shoulder (3 lbs)
1 TBSP C&C Medium Jerk Seasoning
3 TBSP dark brown sugar
1 medium onion coarsely chopped
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 TBSP fresh ginger chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBSP hot sauce *optional
1 TBSP Soy Sauce
2 TBSP juice from lime or lemon
2 TBSP olive oil
Sliced pineapple rings about 5-6
Salt and pepper to season

Trim pork of excess fat and pat dry with a cloth or paper napkin. Cut in 2 pieces. Generously salt pork, and then rub with C&C Medium Jerk Seasoning. Refrigerate overnight.

In a food processor or mortar and pestle, combine the brown sugar, onion, thyme, ginger, garlic, hot sauce, soy sauce, lemon or lime juice and oil. Mash together.

Drench the pork with marinates. Place the pork pieces and marinate in slow cooker or casserole dish so that they are tucked tightly. Add the pineapple slices. Cover and cook on to high for about 5- 6 hours; or in your oven at 200 F for 5 hours.

When tender, shred with fork. Place it on a broiler pan or a baking sheet covered with foil. Add a drizzle of the cooked marinate on the pork. Broil on high for about 3 – 5 minutes or until the skin is crispy and deep brown. Serve on flour tortillas, corn chips or on rice or bread.

Smoked Paprika Garlic Chicken

Smoked Paprika Garlic Chicken
3 TBSP yogurt
2 TBSP garlic, minced
2 TBSP C&C Smoked Paprika
1 TBSP olive oil
Your favourite hot sauce to taste
12 chicken drumsticks
Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix together yogurt, garlic, C&C Smoked Paprika, olive oil and a few dashes of your favourite hot sauce if desired. Pour mixture over chicken drumsticks, cover and refrigerate 3-5 hours.

Remove from marinate, pat dry, season to taste with salt and pepper. Place in a 9×13 baking dish and cook at 425F for 40 minutes until cooked to an internal temperature of 165F. Alternatively, drumsticks can also be BBQ until cooked through.