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Beef Stew Recipe


The islands are famous for tasty stews and their secret is the pungent combination of pepper sauce and fresh herbs. Beetroots, carrots and the delicious nutty taste of green bananas lightens up the traditionally spicy Caribbean beef stew but the recipe is still delicious without them. Green bananas are loaded with vitamins and minerals most notably iron. Serve with rice.

You will need the following ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 lbs/750g stew beef
1 medium onion
2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Caribbean seasoning (optional)
6 cups 48floz/1.5l water
1/2 tablespoon gravy browning
1/2 teaspoon pepper sauce
1/2 stick celery
1 sprig fresh thyme (1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 sprig fresh marjoram (1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 beef stock cube
1 tablespoon butter (optional)
3 tablespoons flour (optional)
1 bay leaf
1/2 lb/250g carrots
1 large/2 small beetroot
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 lb/500g green bananas peeled (optional)

Wash beef, pat dry and cut into very small cubes. Place in a bowl with the onion, garlic, pepper sauce, seasoning (optional), celery, herbs and beef cube. Mix well and leave to marinate if possible.

Heat the oil and sauté beef for a few minutes, add water and the gravy browning and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until tender (40 minutes to an hour depending on the quality of the beef).

Mix butter and flour into a paste and add to the stew to thicken, stirring until well blended. Add salt and pepper, bay leaf, carrots, beetroot and green bananas (if including) and simmer until the vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes).

Serves 4-6

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Information Assumed Accurate On: Jan 14, 2007
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By: Kally
I grew up in Barbados and my mom and aunt always used beetroot in their stew. And I always use it in my stew as well. Never tried the green bananas though.
Date: Apr 23, 2014



By: avaya
Actually adding tiny bits of red beets to it enhanced it
had family come up from barbados and tried it and they wanted
to know what was extra that was put into it cause they liked it better
than the original way of making it. It was red beets.

Date: Apr 18, 2014


By: Bajan boy
the recipe sounds ok but 6 cups of water is too much , i was born and raised in Bim and my mum introduced me to cooking at an early age she never measured anything .
Date: Dec 18, 2013


By: jordan
Not did I only grow up in Barbados, I was born there and never have I heard of beef stew with green bananas. This must surely be from another island.
Date: Oct 12, 2013


By: Weekes
I grew up in Barbados and never saw or heard of anyone using beetroot or green bananas in beef stew. Where did this come from? Don't spoil a good stew.
Date: Sep 28, 2013


By: smblack
I grew up in barbados into my teens and don't recall ever seen Green banana or beets been added to bajan stew this seems to be another island stew recipe


Date: Sep 22, 2013


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