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Callaloo

  • Marge Aug 5, 2006 04:19 PM
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Remembering a fabulous callaloo soup I had in the Caribbean years ago, I just bought a huge bunch at the Farmer's Market. Any recipes for soup or other uses for callaloo? Thanks!

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  1. Here in Haiti, callaloo is used to make the soup below. I haven't made it though, so I can't vouch for it.

    1 lb callaloo greens
    1 lb okra, topped and tailed
    1 medium-size onion, coarsely chopped
    1 bouquet garni: scallions, fresh thyme, and parsley
    salt and pepper to taste
    1⁄2 scotch bonnet pepper, minced
    6 1⁄2 c water
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1⁄2 lb cooked ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice
    juice of three limes

    Clean the callaloo thoroughly, and remove the woody ribs. Chop the okra and the callaloo and place them in a large saucepan. Add the onion, bouquet garni, salt and black pepper, chili, and water. Bring to a boil and cook, covered, over a medium flame for 30 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and put it through a food mill until it is a smooth purée. Throw it back in the saucepan and add the garlic, ham, and lime juice. Continue to cook over medium low heat for 10 minutes. Do not allow the soup to come to a second boil or it will lose its texture. Serve immediately.

    1. Murray!!! Do you by any chance have a good recipe for Goat Curry? I've discovered a Haitian grocery store here in Naples, FL and overheard a co-worker talking about goat curry (her husband is from Jamaica, born and raised there) but she despises curry of any kind so I'm not going to ask her for a recipe...and I'm curious to try it and now I know of a place where I can buy goat meat, though any tips on buying that would help me too! (do they sell it in cubes like for beef stew, etc.) Thank you!!!

      1. I like the curry goat recipe at recipes.caribseek.com. It's a Jamaican recipe, I think (shhh, don't tell anyone, but I like the Jamaican goat preparation better than the Haitian one). They do sell it in cubes, all ready to go.

        As for accompaniments with your new Haitian grocery resource, I think you could do a great diri ak pois (aka red beans and rice) dish, especially if your grocery has the dried mushrooms that Haitians love putting in that dish. Add yummy avocado slices dressed with lime and salt, some rum punch, some kompa music and you will have a fabulous Haitian party.

        Bon fete!

        1. What Farmers Market did you find the Callaloo at? I live in Washington DC and cannot find it anywhere.

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          1. re: sarak3274

            In Westchester County, NY. Do you have a good recipe for it??