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Caribbean Recipes

(Updated Aug 24, 2011)

Over time, this section will include a number of recipes for different "things Caribbean," from appetizers to entrees to desserts. Most recipes you'll find here were originally published in "Recipe of the Week," a frequent high-season column in St. Maarten and St. Martin (SXM) Weekly News. You can subscribe, free, to Weekly News by clicking the "free newsletters" link in the vertical navigation bar to the left.

Our first recipe is the uniquely Caribbean Johnny Cake. We'll be publishing many more soon, and will also give you links to sites with many Caribbean recipes. The Johnny Cake recipe & video follow the links below.

For many more Caribbean Recipes, check out the following:

Here's the Johnny Cake recipe:

Caribbean Johnny Cake Recipe

Caribbean Johnny Cakes -- very much unlike the traditional (and well-known) Rhode Island Johnny Cakes -- are a delicious fried snack which can be cut in half like a roll, tasty by themselves but also useful in making sandwiches.

We'll show you a Johnny Cake video in a second . . . but here's one of many recipes:

  • One lb. high gluten flour
  • About one-quarter cup cornmeal
  • Two tsp. baking powder
  • Two tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 to 2 cups water, preferably warm
  • 1 cup vegetable frying oil (or more for use in a deep-frying appliance)
  • You may also use milk and butter for a richer mixture

Combine all the ingredients except the vegetable oil in a mixing bowl. Make a deep indentation in the dough and pour in the vegetable oil (2 tsp). Add the warm water slowly, then mix all ingredients ensuring that the mixture is no longer sticky. Knead dough until totally smooth (no lumps). Let dough stand in a covered container for 1/2 hour. 

Divide the dough into small pieces and form each into a ball in the palm of your hand. With a rolling pin, flatten the balls over a surface covered with flour.

Drop dough in fryer or onto a preheated skillet the surface of which is covered with oil. Move the Johnny Cake in the frying appliance for even cooking or allow a couple of minutes per side in frying pan until brown to taste.  Serve while hot.

 

 

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