Coo Coo was one of those dishes I never really grew up eating but for some reason now I absolutely love it! I think its the cornmeal taste that I love!
This flavor packed dish is quite easy to put together and takes less than 30 mins! The key ingredients are cornmeal, coconut milk and ochro!
Here is my recipe:
SERVINGS – 10 pieces (can vary depending on how you cut it)
- 1 cup cornmeal (fine)
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, grated
- 2 pimentos, finely chopped
- 8-10 ochro, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 1/2 tbsp JGM Products all purpose seasoning
- 1/2 tsp JGM Products cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Heat oil in pot over medium heat.
- Add onions, pimentos and garlic. Cook until tender.
- Add ochros and cook for 3-4 mins over low heat with pot covered.
- Increase the heat and Add coconut milk, all purpose seasoning and butter. Bring to a boil or until the ochro are tender.
- In a separate bowl, combine cornmeal and warm water. Mix well.
- Add cornmeal mixture to the pot while stirring.
- Reduce heat and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and the mixture stiffens.
- Remove and add to a greased dish. Flatten the top (you can use the back of a spoon that has been dipped in some coconut oil).
- Cool and serve.
I didn’t include any spice (pimentos may be enougb spice for some people but to Hubby and me, spice means hot pepper! Lol, If are a pepper mouth, you can throw in some finely chopped hot pepper if you wish for the extra kick.
To with this dish, I had red beans, baked fish, turkey, macaroni salad, rice and fresh salad! It also goes amazingly well with callaloo!
I hope you try this delightful Caribbean dish and let me know what you think! I think you will totally love it! 😬
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Cou-cou is part of the Barbadian national dish (cou-cou and flying fish). Never knew it to be made with pimentos, butter and coconut milk, among other things but there is always a first time for everything. Interesting and thinking of trying it out to see the difference. Thanks for the information.
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Hey! Yes this is how it is usually made here in Trinidad but I will love to try to Barbadian way…can you share more? It’s always so interesting seeing how the same dish is made in different places
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Will gladly share the Bajan recipe with you. I will follow up as shortly.
As promised, this cou-cou recipe is decent. Check it out at https://www.thespruceeats.com/cornmeal-cou-cou-2138197