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Menu Guide

Adobo: A basic seasoning mix used in Spanish-based dishes.

Annato: Also called achiote - small red seeds used for flavor and bright yellow color.

Arroz con Pollo: Chicken and rice - a Spanish specialty.

Black Bean Soup or Sopa de Frijol Negro: Thick, black bean soup served over rice that is a specialty of Cuba.

Cabrito: Young goat, used in Jamaica's Kid Curry.

Callaloo: Both a vegetable (greens similar to spinach) and the name of a soup made with callaloo.

Casabe: Bread made with cassava, dates back to the Arawaks.

Cassareep: Juice from the cassava root used for seasoning.

Chorizo: Spicy Spanish sausage usually made from pork.

Coconut Shrimp: Appetizer of deep-fried shrimp with light coconut sauce.

Conch: Spiral-shaped edible mollusk used in appetizers, salads, and stews.

Coo-Coo: Dense cornmeal bread, sometimes cooked with okra or flavored with coconut.

Coconuts: Hard, round fruits of the palm tree - flesh and milk used for desserts, sauces, and drinks - some traditional dishes use coconut oil for deep frying.

En Escabeche: Pickled.

Flan: Egg custard that can also be made with fruits, pumpkin, or coconut cream.

Hearts of Palm: Tender, inner leaves of the palmetto (palm) tree.

Jerk Pork: Signature Jamaican dish - pork seasoned with chilies, herbs, and spices.

Langouste or langosta: Lobster.

Pepper pot: Classic Caribbean stew made with meat and sometimes vegetables.

Picadillo: Pork cubes cooked with peppers, raisins, and olives in a spicy sauce.

Plantain: Like a banana but starchier, and used more like a vegetable - as it ripens, it turns from green to yellow to brown.

Salt fish: Dried preserved codfish.

Sofrito: A spicy vegetable mixture used to season other dishes.

Stamp and Go: Deep-fried codfish patties named after nautical command.

Yuca: Also known as cassava or manioc - a long potato-like tuber with starchy flesh used to make tapioca, or ground and made into bread.

The Caribbean
Background & Influences
What To Eat
Caribbean recipes:
from Dorinda's Taste of The Caribbean
Antillean Crab Pilaf
Curried Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Potato Fries
Spicy Plantain and Chicken Satay
Spiky Snapper
from Kate's Global Kitchen
Miami Spice
More Caribbean recipes:
Annatto Oil
Banana Bread
Bananas Flambe
Black Bean Soup
Conch Chowder
Cucumber Salad
Edam Cheese with Shrimp Stuffing
Guava Mousse
Jerk Pork
Mango Chutney
Pepper Pot
Pigeon Peas and Rice
Pina Colada
Roasted Breadfruit
Salt Codfish Stew
Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce
Stuffed Papaya
Wet Jerk Rub
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