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Tropika Island Style Salted Fish

Tropika Island Style Salted Fish

Tropika Island Style Salted Fish

500g salt-fish
8-12 green bananas
¼ cup vegetable / coconut oil
1 medium bell pepper (seeded and chopped)
1 large onion (peeled and diced)
4 pimento peppers (seeded and thinly sliced)
¼ cup finely chopped chives
3 cloves garlic (grated)
2 tsp fresh thyme
Salt
Black pepper
Parsley (garnish)

Directions for Preparing Green Fig and Saltfish
1. Rinse the green bananas and slice off both ends.
2. Make one slice lengthwise in each banana and place in a heat proof bowl.
3. Cover the bananas with hot water and let rest for about ten minutes, then drain and allow to cool.
4. Carefully peel the bananas and place in a pot of boiling water with ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of oil.
5. Bring to a boil and cook for fifteen minutes until tender, then drain and cool.
6. Diagonally slice each banana into three pieces, then set aside.
7. Rinse the saltfish, then simmer in boiling water for fifteen minutes to remove excess salt.
8. Drain the water and repeat the previous step.
9. Clean the saltfish by removing any scales, bones and viscera, then flake the fish with a fork and set aside.
10. Heat the remaining oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
11. Sauté the peppers, onions and half of the grated garlic for five minutes until soft and fragrant.
12. Add the flaked saltfish, half of the thyme and half of the chives.
13. Stir well and cover the pan, allowing the herbs to cook for ten minutes.
14. Uncover and add the remaining thyme, chives and garlic to the pot.
15. Season with salt and pepper, stir well and turn off the heat.
16. Plate portions of green bananas and top with generous servings of saltfish.
17. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

Caribbean pineapple hot sauce
4 or more peppers Habanero (depending on how much heat you can handle)
1/4 cup chopped onion
½ cup fresh Pineapple
3 garlic cloves
¼ teaspoon cumin spice
¼ cup vinegar
½ teaspoon mustard
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
¼ teaspoon parsley
¼ teaspoon cilantro
¼ teaspoon fresh thyme
Salt and white pepper to taste

Blend habanero peppers, garlic and onions in a food processor or blender. Add vinegar to facilitate blending. Then mix in cumin, mustard, white pepper, and brown sugar. Adjust for salt and seasoning. Refrigerate and use when ready.

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