This dish combines traditional Italian osso buco flavors with Anguilla’s tradition of making stews. The concept came from the members of our kitchen staff here at CuisinArt Resort & Spa who grew up on the island; they noticed my seasoning, sautéing vegetables, adding water, and cooking for 90 minutes, and then adding the meat, like you would when making a stew.Fungi is a cooked cornmeal paste, very similar to polenta, that is well-loved in the Caribbean. Chef La Guenan substitutes in traditional polenta in this recipe.
"I was sitting in the restaurant's office on a hot NYC July afternoon working on some invoices, when I thought to myself this requires the accompaniment of an adult beverage--and a Piña Colada would be amazing. Down to the bar I headed! Immediately I knew I didn't want to go hunting for a blender or heading out to find coconut milk, aka Coco Lopez. Via the inspiration of this classic, I created the Caribbean Queen, with all of the tropical and playful Caribbean flavors presented with a fun twist. Incorporating dark rum, fresh pineapple juice, coconut water, fresh lime juice and lemongrass over freshly cracked ice, it's just summer in a glass." - Moses LaboyRecipe courtesy of Moses Laboy mixologist from Bottle & Bine in NYC
Why This Recipe Works: Meltingly tender, slow-cooked chicken drumsticks pair perfectly with bold, spicy flavors, so we set out to create a recipe for Caribbean jerk–style drumsticks. We started by building a flavorful jerk marinade using classic jerk ingredients such as habanero chile, garlic, and ginger. But once we got to the typical additions of molasses and brown sugar, we had to employ some creative techniques to replace these nonpaleo ingredients. A simple solution was to add raisins, which provided a subtle sweetness without giving themselves away. Once slow-cooked, our drumsticks were tender and flavorful, but tasters still wanted crisp skin. A quick stint under the broiler easily solved this problem; brushing the drumsticks twice with some reserved marinade while broiling ensured they stayed moist and contributed additional flavor. Try to buy drumsticks of similar size so that they will cook at the same rate. You can substitute a serrano chile for the habanero. Wear gloves when working with hot chiles. You will need a 5 1/2- to 7-quart slow cooker for this recipe.This recipe is courtesy of America's Test Kitchen and the Paleo Perfected cookbook.
Looking for a festive spin off your average rum punch recipe? The Demerara-Orange Shrub and lemon juice in this rum punch makes it a one-of-a-kind, holiday special. This recipe is courtesy of Willy Shine.
The Cuba Libre may very well have been the inspiration for the lime squeeze in a Moscow Mule, so it makes sense that substituting vodka for rum would create a popular mule for the rum-drinker, known as the Havana or Caribbean Mule. We like Ling & Louie’s handcrafted version.
During one spring break, my family and I took a cruise around the Caribbean. While we were on the ship, my grandmother mentioned again and again how tasty flying-fish sandwiches are. We thought she was crazy to believe in flying fish! True enough, when we got to Barbados, we saw some flying fish. These fish actually jump out of the water, fly for a short distance, fall back into the water, and then do it all over again. Later that day, we visited a restaurant in a little shack on the beach. Of course we ordered flying-fish sandwiches, which were crispy, flaky, light, and delicate. Obviously, we don’t have flying fish in the United States, but those memories inspired me to create my own version of the fish dish. I wanted to take the flavors of the Caribbean and incorporate them into my own tacos.
We took several Caribbean trips in order to do our due diligence to the rum trade. On each we picked up bottles of rum from duty-free that are not readily available in the States, and we also purchased some extras to serve at our end-of-the-summer party. Although we fed our guests plenty of appetizers, we could not keep these ribs on the platter as they came sizzling off the grill — our friends were standing around waiting to grab the red-hot pork off Mike's tongs. They are steamed first and then finished on the grill, which accounts for their moist interior and crispy exterior.
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