Saturday, February 18, 2012

Jamaican Rice and Peas

I made this recipe to accompany the Jerk Chicken for a party I was attending.  I quadrupled the recipe, so please keep that in mind when looking at the pictures.  I almost didn't have a pot large enough for all of the rice -- it almost overflowed!  As you can see, I surrounded the edges of the platter with fried plantains for presentation!

Jamaican Rice and Peas

1 medium sized can red kidney beans
1 can coconut milk
2 cups of rice
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 table spoon oil
1 scotch bonnet pepper (whole, do not chop up)

Drain the liquid from the can of beans into a measuring cup and add the can of coconut milk and enough water to make four cups of liquid. Place liquids in a pot with beans, onions, garlic, thyme and oil, bring to a boil. Add rice and stir for a minute. Reduce heat to Medium-Low. 

Place scotch bonnet pepper on top of liquid and cover tightly for 30 minutes or until rice is cooked. Remove scotch bonnet pepper before serving.

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