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Shrimp and Ham Jambalaya

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This one pot jambalaya can be made with left over ham and shrimp and is a delightfully lighter version from the sausage recipes. Get those aromas permeating through your home and wake up your appetite with this family favorite. Remember, you can always substitute the shrimp for chicken, sausage, pork or any meat of your choice. This dish is red since it has the addition of tomatoes. Follow our recipe below…

WHAT YOU NEED:

2lbs shrimp

1 slice pre-cooked ham (1 ½ inch thick) cubed

2 small white onions chopped

1 green pepper chopped

1 bay leaf crushed

2 cups water

1-8oz can whole tomatoe

½ tsb. Black pepper

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 clove garlic minced

1 ½ cup uncooked rice

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. paprika

DIRECTIONS:

Shrimp: Thoroughly cleaned and de-veined

*In a large skillet, sauté ham in fat until lightly browned and remove.

*Measure olive into skillet and add onions, garlic, sweet pepper, and bay leaf and cook until onion is tender.

*Add rice and cook while stirring until browned. Add water, tomatoes and seasoning, mix well.

*Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender. If too dry, add a little more water.

*When rice is cooked, add shrimp and ham.

*Serve hot with tossed green salad and hot rolls.

*Serves 6 to 8

*OPTIONAL: For some heat, add a couple drops of Hot Mama’s Belize pepper sauces!

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Belizean Conch Fritters

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Conch Fritters is another Belizean delicacy that remains popular among locals and visitors to our shores. The Caribbean Queen conch remains a most sought after shellfish in Belize. And if you ever wondered how these fritters are made, we got you covered. Simply follow these instructions and delight your family with this popular finger food.

WHAT YOU NEED:

2 cups clean conch

½ cup evaporated milk or coconut cream or beer

Half cup grated onion

2 tbsp. grated hot green pepper

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

1 cup flour

3/4 -1 tsp. salt

Olive/Vegetable or Shortening for frying

DIRECTIONS:

*Clean conchs by peeling off dark outer skin. Rinse thoroughly in limewater or vinegar. Grind.

*Combine clean conchs, onion, pepper and milk and mix well.

*Sift dry ingredients together and add to conch mixture, beating until smooth.

*Use a dessert spoon to drop batter into very hot fat; fry until evenly brown.

*Drain on paper towels and Serve while hot

(TIP: As dipping sauce you can use Hot Mama’s Belize Sweet Pepper Sauce or Ranch Dressing)

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Tamalitos de Chaya Recipe

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This dish derived by the Yucatec Maya in Mexico is popular among the Spanish population in Belize.  The Chaya or Spinach leaves used in this dish is packed with proteins and vitamins making it a health conscious dish. They are easy to prepare if you follow these few short steps. Happy Eating!

WHAT YOU NEED:

2 lbs masa (ground corn)

1 cup finely chopped chaya or spinach

1/4lb margarine (melted)

1 tsb. Baking powder

1 cup coconut milk

2 tsp. salt

1 cup water

Several Plantain leaves

Hot Mama’s Hot Sauce

DIRECTIONS:

*Boil chaya or spinach and drain well.

*Add salt to taste and then set aside.

*Add coconut milk and melted margarine to masa along with salt and baking powder.

*Add chaya – if mixture is too thick, add water to make it a thin consistency.

*Fill plantain leaves (about 6”x6”), tie securely and put in skillet to boil with water and cover halfway.

*Boil for 15 minutes. (Tip: too cook more quickly, make envelopes of aluminum foil, folding edges over several times to seal.

*Serving options: Plain, topped with tomato sauce, shredded hard-boiled eggs and minced onion.

*For a little spice, sprinkle a few drops of Hot Mama’s Belize Pepper Sauce! ENJOY!

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Chilli con Carne Recipe

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1 chicken (2–3lbs)

1 large can tomatoes

3 plugs garlic (chopped)

1 quart cooked chilli beans

2 teaspoon salt

3 large onions (chopped)

1 ½ teaspoon chilli powder (or Hot Mama’s Belize Pepper Products)

2 tablespoons butter

WHAT TO DO:

*Clean chicken thoroughly and add in pot covered with water. Add tomatoes, salt, 2/3 garlic and onions. Cook until chicken is done, then bone and chop in small pieces and return pieces into liquid. Heat and while stirring, add chilli powder.

*In a separate pan, melt butter and gently brown remaining onion and garlic. Add to original mixture and cook for about one hour.

*Add beans and simmer for an extra ten minutes

*Serve in bowl while hot with crackers or rice. ENJOY!

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Sweet & Sour Meatball recipe

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If ever you throw a party or invite people over for dinner, these sweet and sour meat balls are the perfect bite-sized finger food that will thrill your palate. Simply gather your ingredients as listed below and follow the instructions for this yummy everyday family meal.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

2 pounds Grind Meat – Beef

¼ cup bread crumbs

1 cup pineapple juice

½ cup sugar

3 tbsp. vinegar

4 slices pineapple (cut in pieces)

3 sweet peppers (cut in strips)

1 small onion (minced)

Salt & black pepper to taste

3 tbspn Cornstarch

1 tsp. soy sauce

DIRECTIONS:

* In a bowl, mix minced onion, salt, black pepper into ground meat and form into golf-sized balls.

* Add oil to frying pan and fry meat balls until crisp or golden brown.

*Remove pot from flame and place meatballs on a plate

* Add Pineapple juice to the oil left in the pan and heat for a few minutes. Mix together all other ingredients plus 6 tbsp of water and add to the pineapple juice.

*Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly.

* Add the meatballs, heat thoroughly and make sure they are all evenly coated. These meatballs can be served alone as finger food, with steamed broccoli or over a bed of white rice.

For an additional kick, add any of Hot Mama’s Belize Pepper products for a spicy twist.

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Cowfoot Soup recipe

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Everyone loves a good, hearty soup even in the summer days. And while this cowfoot soup may sound a bit odd, if prepared well and seasoned correctly, this gelatin like hoof pieces can be your next favorite Belizean meal. Here are is a guide to help you cook this fantastic local meal in the comfort of your home.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1lb Cabbage

Large potatoes

2 Tomatoes

Coco/Macalito

Complete Seasoning

Okra

Salt

Black Pepper

Carrots

BBQ seasoning

Cilantro

1 whole habanero

Onions

Sweet Peppers

DIRECTIONS:

  1. After thoroughly washing the cow foot, place in a large pot and boil to soften. Boil til meat starts turning a grey color.
  2. Chop up all your vegetables including: potatoes, coco, okra, carrots, onion, sweet peppers, cabbage and tomatoes into bite sizes.
  3. Chop up your cilantro fine. Put all your vegetables and cilantro into the pot with the cow foot and boil together.
  4. Add in your complete seasoning, bbq seasoning and salt and black pepper and your whole habanero. Let it boil high for about 30-45 minutes and you are done.

For an additional kick, add a few drops of Hot Mama’s Belize hot sauces. This soup is served over white rice with a slice of lime and tortilla chips.

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Tamalitos / Ducunu Recipe

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 Spanish speaking locals in Belize call this next dish “tamalitos” while the Creole population call it “ducunu”. While this dish is labor intensive, it will leave you and your family wanting more. Tamalitos are made solely of corn and are rich in flavor. And while Ducunu requires ample time for preparation, here are some quick easy steps to follow to getting it done.

YOU WILL NEED:

8 full ears of corn (grated or ground)

1 dessert spoon margarine 10ml

1 large onion

1/4 cup thick coconut milk 125ml

2 tsps baking powder 10ml

1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

*Cut ends of corn.
*Peel off husk and silk. Leave the large husk to wrap ducunu.
*Grate or grind corn.
*Melt margarine (low heat). Add melted margarine, salt and baking powder to corn.
*Add milk and mix well until all ingredients are evenly coated.
*Place a couple corn cobs and 2-3 husks in pot to balance ducunu.

*Add water and bring to a boil.
*Scoop one large tablespoon corn mixture in each corn husk. Fold over and set between cobs in boiling water.

*Boil for 20-30 minutes

*Recommended to serve with stew chicken or any other meat of choice!

A great pairing for Ducunu is Hot Mama’s  sweet pepper sauce or habanero pepper sauce. Happy eating!

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