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Jamaican Side Dish Recipes
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Jamaican side dish recipes are almost as important as the main course. The side dish is to complement the appetizer, the main course and the dessert being served. The most amazing thing about Jamaican side dish recipes is that a lot of these recipes can be used as main course meals. One must remember that side dish recipes don’t apply to dinner recipes only, breakfast recipes use side dishes as well. Get Jamaica has put together 5 tips and hints on how to prepare Jamaican side dishes.
Tip 1 – Keep the Jamaican side dish light if the main course is heavy.
Most chefs and cooks make a terrible error by making both the main course and the side dish heavy meals. Jamaican side dishes must be easily digestible and should complement the main course. If both menu items are heavy then it leaves no space for a Jamaican dessert, which would top off the entire meal. Soft side dishes such as sweet potatoes, side dish and red kidney peas (or gungo peas) are perfect examples of great tasting and easy to digest Jamaican side dishes.
Tip 2 – Do not serve a cold Jamaican side dish with a hot Jamaican main course recipe
Jamaican main course recipes are all hot; serving ONLY a cold side dish is a terrible mistake. The cold dish will detract from the taste of the main meal and not allow your guest to get the full taste of the meal being served. However it must be noted that you can serve a cold side dish but ensure that it is accompanied with a hot side dish as well. Let us assume that a Jamaican potato salad recipe is served it should be served with possible Jamaican fried rice recipe or Jamaican roasted breadfruit recipes, both piping hot from the oven. This is imperative to keep a constant ‘dinner temperature’.
Tip 3 – Use a Jamaican sauce with dry Jamaican side dishes
Dry side dishes such as the Jamaican baked potato recipe should be accompanied by a sauce or a dip to add a bit of spice to the meal. The drier a side dish is the better the main course will taste. It is quite a strange occurrence but most individuals prefer a dry side dish and no side dish with meat in it. Great side dishes such as Jamaican Rice and Peas, Jamaican Baked Potatoes, Jamaican Soft Yam, Jamaican Roast Breadfruit, Jamaican Roti and Jamaican Macaroni all taste better with a Jamaican sweet sauce or dip to go along with the meal.
Tip 4 – Never serve both Jamaican main course and Jamaican side dish on the same palette.
This is a common mistake made by chefs and cooks. Serving both the main course and the side dish on the same plate will easily distort or taint the taste of one recipe with the next. Serving them separately allows your guest to partake of each recipe separately and to enjoy each recipes unique taste. If all are mixed together the blend might not be pleasing to taste. Peppery main courses can ruin the taste of a side dish if the gravy or spices are mingled with the side dish.
Tip 5 – Do not add too much Jamaican spice and do not add meat to your Jamaican side dish.
Jamaican spices and herbs are great in particular dishes. However they are not a favorite for Jamaican side dish recipes. These recipes are not wrought with spices and herbs. In fact they rarely have any whatsoever. In addition Jamaican side dish recipes do not use meat. There are no Jamaican side dish recipes that use meat. The dilemma is if the meat being used is the same as the main course then it will be overkill to the recipe, similarly if the meat is different the meal would taste much like a Jamaican version of a Choy fan meal.
There are over 300 great tasting Jamaican side dish recipes that are listed in our flagship e-cookbook Jamaican Cooking Made Easy Volume III Get Jamaica has listed our top seven Jamaican side dish recipes and the superb main course recipes that they go with.
Jamaican Fried Chicken Recipe served with Rice and Peas and gravy.
Jamaican Escoveitched Fish Recipe served with Fried Bammy (Cassava).
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe served with Fried Festivals.
Jamaican Curried Mutton served with Par-Boiled Rice.
Jamaican Ackee and salt fish served with Fried and/or Boiled Dumplings.
Jamaican Callaloo and Sausages served with Roasted or Fried Breadfruit
Jamaican Mackerel Recipe served with Boiled Green Bananas
So let’s review:
ü There are five basic tips and hints that every chef should know when preparing Jamaican side dish recipes.
ü Jamaican side dish recipes do not focus on dinner recipes only but transcend to lunch and even breakfast recipes.
ü Get Jamaica has over 500 great side dish recipes in the Jamaican Recipe Collection, along with great side dish recipes in our Jamaican Recipe Collection
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