Usually in the days right after a family trip I try to make one of my newly found recipes from that region so that it is still fresh in my head. However when we had returned from Jamaica recently it was right before the holidays so the usual hustle and bustle got me distracted. The desire to feed my just returned from University son his favorite dishes also didn’t help. This is why I put off all of my Jamaican recipes until I had time later…
…and that later is now! I made a Jamaican cabbage which is simply delicious and quick to make. This dish benefits from a simple preparation and neutral flavors which allow it to serve as a reprieve from the other, spicier, Jamaican cultural meals such as a goat curry. While on the island I got to experience just how well the cabbage tones down the heat and give your mouth a well deserved break. Having made the vegetable I served it with hot Jamaican jerk pork especially for my husband. The combination was wonderful and the evening turned out splendid.
I liked the cabbage so much that I really don’t need to even pair it with meat. The dish makes a great light dinner after a weekend of heavy eating allowing me to have a delectable meatless Monday. If it were not for the unusual hot pepper called the Scottish Bonnet you would be forced to ask what is so Caribbean about this meal. Nevertheless this is the most authentic Jamaican style cabbage.
Jamaican Style Cabbage
- ½ medium white cabbage, cut into squares
- 1 large onion, cut into cubes
- 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 large carrot, cut into cubes
- 1 bell pepper, cut into large squares
- 1 hot pepper Scotch Bonnet (whole) or 1 other chili pepper (such as jalapeno, finely chopped)
- Black pepper
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil (approximately)
- ¼ cup water
In a deep frying pan or saucepan with a wide bottom heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes.
Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add the carrot, cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes.
Add cabbage, bell pepper, chili pepper, salt, black pepper, add water, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cook with pleasure and enjoy the world!