Category Archives: Side Dish

Belizean Conch Fritters

CONCH

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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Cheese stuffed cho-cho/chayote

CHAYOTE

In Belize, this oddly shaped vegetable is called Cho-cho, in other parts of the world it is known as Pear Squash, Vegetable pear or choko. Chayote is a sweet squash that is versatile but can also be used in other ways including soups and our favorite, cheese stuffed. In this recipe segment, we’ll guide you into making this appetizer/side dish that can accompany your entrée.

WHAT YOU NEED:

Cho Cho (2 per person)

Salt

Black Pepper

Grated Cheddar Cheese

Grated onion (1 medium sized)

DIRECTIONS:

*Preheat oven to 350F.

*Wash chayote/choc ho and part boil until tender (about 40 minutes). Cut in half, scoop out pulp and mash together with salt, black pepper, grated cheese and a small amount of grated onion.

*Place mixture back into choc ho shells, sprinkle with cheese or buttered breadcrumbs.

*Transfer stuffed chayotes to baking pan and place in oven to brown for about 10 minutes and serve hot.

Optional: You can also add bits of bacon or meat pieces in the stuffing.

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Creole Bread recipe

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1/2 cup warm water

2 teaspoons instant yeast

6 -8 cups white flour,

1 1/2 cups coconut milk,

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

**Mix together the warm water, yeast, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and 2 TABLESPOONS of flour in a small bowl and set aside for 10 minutes. (Unusual to put flour into proofing.).

**Warm milk, oil, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and salt in the microwave for about 20 seconds-stir together and set aside. Don’t let the mixture boil, you just want to heat it up a bit.

**Sift 5 cups of flour into a large bowl.

**Once the milk mixture has cooled enough that you can comfortably stick a finger in it, mix it into the yeast.

**Add all wet ingredients to the flour.

**Mix with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. If sticky, add flour until you have a dough that you can knead.

**Dust your counter with flour and knead the dough until smooth, about 5-8 minutes. If the dough becomes sticky as you knead just sprinkle with flour as required. You may have to add up to a cup of flour at this stage depending on the humidity of your kitchen.

**Put in greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let rise until double in size.

**Punch down and knead for two or three minutes.

**Make into two large or six small round balls.

**Place on a greased pan-let rise again, bake at 400 F/205 C for 30-35 minutes until the tops brown and the bottom of a loaf, when tapped, sounds hollow.

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Crunchy Chicken Tostadas

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If you fancy Mexican food, you are going to enjoy these piled high crunchy tostadas. These fried tortilla shells are loaded with chicken, veggies, cheese and avocado and make a quick fix meal for any time of the day!

YOU WILL NEED:

Vegetable Oil

6 corn tortillas

Diced boneless chicken breast

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Refried beans

1/2 cup shredded cheese, shredded

1/2 head iceberg lettuce shredded

1 avocado, thinly sliced (optional/seasonal)

1 cup diced tomato

1/2 cup sour cream

REFRIED BEANS

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 medium onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

4 cloves garlic, minced

mashed beans

salt & black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, coriander, and cumin and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, until lightly browned, about 1 minute more. Add the beans and cook, stirring frequently, until thick. Stir in the salt and season with pepper to taste.

2.  To make the tortillas: Pour the oil for frying into a large heavy-bottomed pot to a depth of about 2 inches. Add the tortillas, one at a time, and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 1 1/2 minutes. Using tongs, transfer to a paper towel to drain excess oil.

 3. Spread the beans evenly over one side of each tortilla add chicken pieces, diced lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and cheese, top with a dollop of sour cream. For added taste and to give it some spice, add a few drops of Hot Mama’s Hot Pepper Sauce and enjoy!

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Belizean Fry Jacks Recipe

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Fryjacks in Belize is considered a staple that can accompany breakfast or dinner dishes. These high addictive deep-fried pieces of dough go well with ham and eggs as and makes a great ‘bread’ for your favorite jelly spreads. The recipe is a popular item in local eateries and restaurants in Belize.  In this recipe adapted by Hot Mama’s Belize, you will get a walk through on how to make these deep fried goodies without stepping a foot out your door.

You will need:

1lb Flour

1 TBSP Baking Powder

1 TBSP Shortening

1 Cup Water

Instructions:

Put ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Knead for about 5 minutes until smooth. Roll into pieces the size of golf balls. Rest for 1/2 hour. Roll it out and fry in oil. Turn over once. When it floats, it finished. Drain and serve!

Recommended spreads for your Jacks –

Hot Mama’s Golden Plum Jelly

Hot Mama’s Guava Jelly

Hot Mama’s Huckleberry Jelly

Hot Mama’s Black Cherry Jelly

Hot Mama’s Passion Fruit Jelly

Hot Mama’s Habanero Pepper Jelly

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Alternative – Mix cream cheese and pepper jelly together or  a little peanut butter and pepper jelly! Enjoy!

 

Mmm Mmm Monday: Roasted Corn with Pepper Jelly


4 ears corn, un-shucked
4 tablespoons Hot Mama’s Pepper Jelly
2 tablespoons butter
salt
heavy-duty foil

To make the sauce: combine the pepper jelly and butter in a small saucepan. Place over low heat until the butter melts, stir, and brush or spoon over hot corn.

Place the ears of corn, side by side, on a large piece of foil. Wrap tightly and repeat with one more layer. Place on grill over high heat for 8-10 minutes per side. Let the corn cool for 10 minutes before unwrapping and shucking. Serve hot with the sauce and salt to taste.

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