What to serve with Jerk Chicken?
A friend is making a birthday dinner for his son who has requested Jerk Chicken as the entree. He wants to make rice and beans with it but doesn't know what kind of beans to use in particular and the condiments to cook it with. Any suggestionsand/or recipes for what would be typically Jamaican? What other side dishes/condiments do you suggest?
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ok I know next to nothing about Jamaican cooking
except...there was this AMAZINZG restaurant in my town that has since closed, but
while it was still open they served a jerk chicken dinner with black beans and white rice. Unfortunately I can't identify the herb that was in the rice and beans, but it was scrumptious. they also served a curly lettuce leaf salad with some roma tomatoes and a few carrot curls, very simply dressed. add some cocoa bread and if you're feeling really energetic, some fried plantain.
hopefully you can just work some google-fu and come up with some good recipes if chowhounders don't come up with specifics. hope that helps.
i would probably do homemade french fries, as i'm not a huge fan of either black beans or rice.
another poster suggested callaloo and i agree that greens would go great!
simple grilled veg would be great as well... zucchini, tomatoes, onions, yellow squash...
in terms of drinks, i would do red stripe and pineapple daiquiris (made solely with fresh pineapple and rum in a blender, maybe some ice).
Second the peas and rice - they somehow just quell any excess heat from the chicken. That recipe above looks stellar, I would just suggest adding a teaspoon or so of allspice and maybe a couple sprigs of clove during the sweating phase.
Also - Callaloo is tough to find, but you can do collard greens very easily. I make mine with salt pork, stock (chicken, beef, whatevs), and that's about it. Just cook it for an hour or two and you're golden.
I'm inclined to agree with ChrisKC here, and I just love that Cilantro Rice...everytime I've made the Jamaican style rice and peas with coconut milk, it comes out gummy, though the flavor is good -- I'm sure it's something I'm doing wrong or using a wrong ingredient. Is it supposed to be gummy?