National Dish

The national dish of St. Kitts and Nevis comprises of Stewed Saltfish, Spicy Plantains, Seasoned Breadfruit and Coconut Dumplings.

Stewed Saltfish
1 lb saltfish
1 green pepper diced
1 lb tomatoes chopped
5 cloves chopped garlic
4 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp margarine
6 scallions finely chopped
2 tbsp parsley chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Method
1. Soak saltfish overnight then boil in fresh water until tender.
2. Drain fish, remove the bones and scales and flake.
3. Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan. Add pepper, scallions, onion and garlic. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes and simmer over moderate heat until heated through for about 5 minutes.
4. Arrange the saltfish on a plate. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with dumplings, breadfruit and spicy plantains.

Spicy Plantains
3 medium sizzed plantains, peeled and chopped into 1/2" pieces
2 tbsp fresh ginger peeled and grated
1 small onion grated
1/4 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of hot sauce or finely chopper pepper
oil for frying

Method
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Toss until mixed. Fry in batches until golden brown and cooked. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve alongside saltfish, dumplings and breadfruit.

Seasoned Breadfruit
3 cups full breadfruit chopped into 1" pieces
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter or margarine
1/2 cup of red pepper diced
1 medium onion chopped
4 garlic cloves crushed
2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup chicken broth or 1 cube dissolved into 1/2 cup water
1/4 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Method
Melt butter or margarine in a heavy saucepan over medium heat then add oil. Add onions and cook until golden about 5 to 8 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic, thyme, red pepper and parsley and saute for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and add breadfruit with chicken broth or other prepared liquid. Toss gently to blen and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with dumpling, saltfish and spicy plantain.

Coconut Dumplings
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp margarine
1/2 cup wawter

Method
Place flour, coconut, salt, margarine and oil in a bowl. Gradually stir in the water to make a stiff dough. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead for about 2 minutes. Make dumplings in desired shape. Slide dumplings into boiled salted water. Cover and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.