Ackee and saltfish with fried dumpling

original post: http://greedygirlcooks.blogspot.com/2014/05/ackee-and-saltfish-with-fried-dumplings.html

Ingredients

 

Ackee

3-4 cups Ackee cooked

1 cup Salt fish (dried salted cod)

1 Onion

1 Tomato

½ Sweet pepper

½ Scotch bonnet pepper

4 tablespoons Oil

1 ½  teaspoon Seasoning salt

½ teaspoon Black pepper

1 tablespoon ketchup (optional)

 

Dumpling

3 cup Flour

1 ½  teaspoon Salt

2 teaspoon Baking powder

¾ to 1 cup water (apx)

¾ cup Oil

 

Instructions

 

For the fried dumpling 

  • Place the oil in a wide shallow frying pan  and allow the oil to thoroughly heat up on the lowest heat setting.
  • Place flour, salt and baking powder in a dish
  • Add the water while stirring to form a dough, the dough should be soft and pliable, not hard and tough
  • Knead the dough  until it becomes smooth
  • Break apart into small golf balls and form into your desired shape
  • By this time the oil should be hot, place the dumplings in the pan and allow them to cook.
  • The dumplings will start to brown slightly once they start to get some color turn over onto the other side and keep repeating the turning process. In total the dumplings would have received approximately 8-10 minutes cooking time per side. (they wont burn because the heat is very low and your continually turning them)
  • After they are cooked they will be crispy on the edges and soft in the center. Remove from the heat and set aside.

 For the ackee

  • Boil the raw ackee in salted water until they are cooked, for the pre-cooked canned ackee just rinse in some boiling water for a few minutes and strain excess water thoroughly.
  • Wash off the excess salt from the cod and bring to boil in a pot for about 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and flake the salt fish to remove the bones
  •  If it’s still too salty you can boil again for another 5 minutes (optional)
  • Chop the onions, tomatoes, and peppers
  • Heat the oil in a wide pan and sauté the onions tomatoes, peppers and ketchup.
  • Add the salted cod and allow it to simmer for 2 minutes
  • Add the ackee, seasoning salt and black pepper, stir to incorporate all the ingredients and cover on low for another 1-2 minutes before serving.

Greedy tips

 

  • If the dough is sticking to your hands too much and very soft and messy you added too much water and can fix by easily adding more flour. However if your dough is very tough and dry and hard to knead you added too little water
  • Remember because the flames are so low, you need longer cooking times to ensure the heat goes through the dough
  • If your tomatoes are not as ripe or not a juicy you can supplement with the ketchup, however if you had very ripe juicy tomatoes you probably won’t need the ketchup
  • Check the beginning of my stamp and go video to see how I boil and flake salted codfish.
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