The final condominium I lived in was on a brilliant cute avenue in Mid-City New Orleans. I had the perfect group of neighbors and our complete block would typically maintain impromptu cookouts on the weekends. One of my neighbors was from Trinidad and his jerk peas turned one thing of a legend inside the group as a result of none of us may get sufficient of them. We’d hover across the pot till they have been able to eat, after which they’d be gone within the flash of a watch. He by no means gave me the recipe for these jerk peas (I don’t blame him), however I do know that the peas swam in a broth fabricated from full fats coconut milk and a wholesome dose of jerk seasoning. I’ll in all probability by no means be capable of recreate these well-known peas, however these Coconut Jerk Peas are about as shut as I can get!
The one factor you need to pay attention to, although, is that jerk seasoning varies rather a lot from model to model, so that you’re finest including the seasoning in keeping with your personal style buds. You can add some earlier than the peas cook dinner after which boost the entire pot on the finish with extra, if wanted. I included a photograph of the model I used, which I acquired at Whole Foods. They used to have jerk seasoning within the bulk spices division, however they not carried it, so I had to purchase a jar. This spice mix incorporates a whole lot of substances and a few objects that I don’t hold readily available, so it’s simply a kind of blends that I discover simpler and extra logical to purchase pre-mixed. Of course, if you wish to combine up your personal spice mix, a fast Google search gives loads of recipes.
The better part about these peas is that they’re insanely easy. You could make these on Sunday afternoon whilst you’re stress-free or doing different chores, and also you’ll have lunches prepared for the week.
Coconut Jerk Peas with Pineapple Salsa
Coconut Jerk Peas with Pineapple Salsa
These wealthy and spicy Coconut Jerk Peas are tremendous easy to make and pair brilliantly with a candy and vibrant pineapple salsa.
COCONUT JERK PEAS
black eyed peas or purple hull peas
salt, or to style
salt, or to style
Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add each to a medium sauce pot with the olive oil and sauté over medium warmth for 2-Three minutes, or till the onions are smooth and clear.
Add the peas to the pot together with the water and 1 Tbsp of jerk seasoning. Stir to mix. Place a lid on the pot, flip the warmth to medium-high, and permit it to come back to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, flip the warmth right down to medium-low, and let it simmer for 15 minutes, or till the peas are very tender.
While the peas are simmering, put together the pineapple salsa. Chop the pineapple into very small items. Finely cube the purple onion. Pull the cilantro leaves from their stems and provides them a tough chop. Combine the pineapple, onion, cilantro, juice from half the lime, and salt in a bowl. Stir to mix, then style, and regulate the lime or salt if wanted. Set the salsa apart.
Once the peas are very tender, flip the warmth right down to low, and add the coconut milk. Stir and warmth by. Smash a number of the peas in opposition to the facet of the pot to assist thicken the combination. Taste the peas and add extra jerk seasoning and salt till they’re very properly seasoned. You need the peas to be closely seasoned as a result of as soon as they’re poured over the plain rice, the seasoning will appear diluted.
To serve, place a cup of cooked rice in a bowl and add about 1 cup of the jerk peas with the coconut broth. Top with 1/2 cup of pineapple salsa. Enjoy!
*Every model of jerk seasoning is a bit totally different, so begin conservatively and add extra after cooking, if wanted.
**Use contemporary pineapple or a properly drained 20oz. can of pineapple tidbits packed in juice.
Step by Step Photos
Before we start, I simply wish to present you which kind of jerk seasoning I used. All manufacturers are totally different, so that you’ll need to go by your personal style buds for this one. If you don’t have a global market close to you that carries it, examine Whole Foods, Cost Plus World Market, or maybe The Fresh market.
These are the peas that I used, however you would additionally use purple hull peas. Frozen is unquestionably higher than canned, however for those who should use canned, be sure to empty them properly earlier than including to the recipe.
Begin by dicing an onion and mincing 2 cloves of garlic. Add them to a medium sauce pot with 1 Tbsp olive oil and sauté over medium warmth till the onions are smooth and clear.
Add 1 lb. frozen peas (I didn’t thaw them first), 1 cup water, and 1 Tbsp of the jerk seasoning. The water is not going to absolutely cowl the peas, however that’s okay. Stir to mix, then place a lid on the pot and switch the warmth as much as medium-high. Let the pot come to a boil, then flip the warmth right down to medium-low and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
While the peas are simmering, put together the pineapple salsa. Combine 2 cups finely chopped pineapple, 1/four of a purple onion (finely diced), and 1/four bunch cilantro (roughly chopped) in a bowl, together with the juice from half a lime (about 1 Tbsp) and 1/2 tsp salt.
Stir to mix after which style and regulate the lime or salt if desired.
Once the peas have simmered and are tender (take a look at a pea or two to verify), add a 14oz. can of full-fat coconut milk.
Stir the whole lot to mix and warmth by. Smash a number of the peas in opposition to the facet of the pot to assist thicken the liquid. Taste the peas and add extra jerk seasoning if wanted and a little bit of salt. You need the peas to be closely seasoned as a result of when you ladle them over the plain rice, that seasoning will appear considerably diluted.
To serve, place a cup of cooked rice in a bowl and ladle the peas and coconut broth over prime. Finish it off with about 1/2 cup of the pineapple salsa.
I by no means get sick of “beans” and rice!