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Jan 4, 2011 08:43 AM

I need ideas for jamaican side dishes

I'm going to be cooking up some jerk chicken in my smoker and would like to complete the meal with some good side dishes. For the starch I'm torn between festival and rice & peas. Fried plantains are probably traditional but neither my wife or myself are big fans of plantain.

Does anyone have any ideas for a good veggie side or even another starch?

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  1. Howsabout casava leaves (maybe more African than Jamaican) or calaloo? Just search for a recipe that you'd like - kinda like collards.

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    1. re: porker

      Casava might be hard to come by, and I think you're right about it being more African than Jamaican.

      I like the calaloo idea. Maybe I'll try it with collards.


      I also add a bit of allspice, which should complement the chicken and cider vinegar, the sweetness of which will mellow the heat in your marinade.

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      1. re: JungMann

        Sounds good. I like your idea to add some allspice to it.

        In addition allspice being in the jerk rub I plan on putting some whole berries in the coals to add some extra flavor to the smoke.

      2. You could also do a soup, like this one with pumpkin and corn.

        1. How about jamacian style cabbage?

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          1. re: chef2be

            How about clicking on JungMann's link?

            1. re: chef2be

              +1 on the that stuff!

            2. Fish Tea is a good soup that has plenty of starches in it.

              Here's a link to a fish tea recipe you can check out...