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I need ideas for jamaican side dishes

Davis_Greene Jan 4, 2011 08:43 AM

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. porker RE: Davis_Greene Jan 4, 2011 08:56 AM

    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
      Davis_Greene RE: porker Jan 5, 2011 06:54 AM

      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.


    2. JungMann RE: Davis_Greene Jan 4, 2011 09:13 AM

      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
        Davis_Greene RE: JungMann Jan 5, 2011 12:40 PM

        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.

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        toveggiegirl RE: Davis_Greene Jan 5, 2011 12:59 PM

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

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          chef2be RE: Davis_Greene Jan 6, 2011 07:04 PM

          How about jamacian style cabbage?

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            porker RE: chef2be Jan 6, 2011 07:29 PM

            How about clicking on JungMann's link?

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              joonjoon RE: chef2be Jan 7, 2011 08:29 PM

              +1 on the Cabbage...love that stuff!

            2. deet13 RE: Davis_Greene Jan 6, 2011 07:41 PM

              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...

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