Meaty Jamaican stew peas

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For the oxtail

3 lb oxtail

1 ½  teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoon ground allspice

1 tablespoon onion powder

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoon coconut oil

2 cups water

For the stew

3 can red kidney beans

2 ½ cups coconut milk

3 stalks scallion

4 sprigs thyme

1 onion chopped

4 cloves whole garlic

1 tablespoon pimento

1 tablespoon sugar

1 ½ tablespoon salt

4-5 pig tails cooked

1 scotch bonnet pepper

For the Dumpling

1 cup flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup water




For the salted pigtail

  • Place salted pig tails in a pot of water and bring to boil, cook the pig tails for about 1 hour 30 minutes changing the water ever 30-40 minutes. The aim is to remove excess salt once this is don’t set them aside soaking in some fresh water until ready for use

For the oxtail

  • Season the oxtail with salt, allspice, onion powder and black pepper. Allow this to marinate for two to three hours, overnight is even better
  • Place the coconut oil in a pot and add the oxtails sauté on high flames continually stirring allowing the sides to brown evenly.
  • Once the oxtail has browned add 2 cups of water and cook in a pressure cooker (I recommend a pressure cooker for this so there is no water loss if you do this on the stove top the water will evaporate) oxtail varies in cooking time, you want to cook it to 85% tenderness in my electric pressure cooker that’s about 35 or so minutes of pressure cooking
  • Once its almost 100 percent tender pour the entire contents into a pot on the stove top, the oxtail and all the oxtail juices
  • allow it to come to a boil

For the stew

  • To the oxtail add the Canned beans (I don’t strain them) coconut milk, scallion, thyme, onion, garlic, allspice berries, sugar and salt. Again bring to a boil 
  • Take the pigtails and chop into 1 to ½ inch pieces and add the oxtail mixture
  • In a separate bowl combine the ingredients to make the dumplings knead into a dough and form into small dumplings.
  • Add the dumplings to the pot
  • Allow to the whole thing to simmer on medium low heat until its very thick and creamy , mine took about another 1 ½ hour on the stove top before it was finished.
  • Serve with white rice