Hello, happy 1st of August and happy Caribbean Food Month here on ChampagneTwist.com!
We’re deep into summer now and the heatwave we’re currently enjoying in the UK is akin to the summers enjoyed in the Caribbean. All that’s needed is a golden sandy beach, a bowl of rum punch and a tropical music soundtrack.
Well, I can’t provide the beach or the soundtrack, but I may be able to produce a few food and drink ideas for the Champagne Twist, Caribbean Food Month.
Kicking off this month’s culinary extravaganza is Jerk Seasoned Roasted Vegetables. Jerk seasoning is fairly well known as a Jamaican herb and spice blend used to season meat, particularly chicken. But in this recipe, I thought how could vegetarians get in on the act?
This is an easy, flexible recipe staple which allows for a quick exit from the kitchen – let’s face it, who wants to spend hours in a hot kitchen in 32-degree heat? Make a large batch and portion up for healthier frozen meals or barbeque side dishes. The vegetables are cut into different shapes, of roughly the same size to provide visual interest and to ensure even cooking.
Jerk Seasoned Roasted Vegetables | Champagne Twist
Serves 2 as a main meal or 4 as a side dish.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 medium white onion, finely sliced
- 1 medium red onion, finely sliced
- 3 or 4 spring onions, roughly chopped
- 1/2 medium butternut squash, cut into batons
- 1 large tomato, roughly chopped
- 1 large broccoli head, cut into florets
- 1 large carrot, cut into batons
- 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced
- 1 medium courgette/zucchini, cut into batons
- 1 corn on the cob, cut into 4 pieces
- 1/2tsp jerk seasoning (try Dunns River)
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 4.
- In a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients and ensure all the vegetables are completely coated with the coconut oil and jerk seasoning. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- Place the contents of the bowl into a large roasting tin. Roast for about 45-60 minutes until the vegetables are roasted.
- Allow to cool slightly before transferring into a serving dish. Enjoy with plain white or coconut rice. You could also create a rice salad by simply mixing the seasoned veg with the rice. Try substituting with brown rice for a nuttier flavour.
Remember with Jerk seasoning, a little goes a long way. Err on the side of caution, use a scant 1/4 tsp of Jerk seasoning if you prefer a mild flavour. Don’t be too heavy-handed, it will taste great, but it will feel like your mouth is on fire. Use the wet mix, not the dry spice blend.