Caribbean—Mango Melon Freeze

 

Caribbean Dessertmango melon freeze

Mango Melon Freeze
(Serves 8)

A gorgeous, fruity orange-colored sorbet made with pureed mangoes and cantaloupe—and a bit of zesty lime.


3 large mangoes (peeled, pitted)
1 C cantaloupe (chunks)
1/2 maple syrup
1/2 apple juice
1/4 C lime juice
a pinch of salt (the tiniest bit)

Puree all ingredients in a food processor till smooth. Pour into a shallow pan and place in the refrigerator for an hour, just enough time for the flavors to meld. Then move it to the freezer. When the sorbet begins to crystalize around the edges, stir it. Stir it every 2-3 hours until it freezes solid. Cover and leave it in the freezer overnight, or longer.

Remove the sorbet from the freezer about 10 minutes before serving to allow it to soften somewhat. You can scoop it into individual bowls...or you can chunk it up and quickly puree it, then serve it.

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Tips & Glossary

Caribbean cuisine is an exquisite blend of African, Asian, European, and Carib Indian (the area's original inhabitants) foods. Dishes are highly seasoned, either with a dry rub or marinade —or both. Below are some typical ingredients found in Caribbean food.

Callaloo: young leaves of either the taro root plant or amaranth; used widely in Caribbean cooking. Spinach can be used as a substitute.

Spices: Allspice, bay leaves, black pepper, chives, chili peppers, cilantro, cinnamon, coconut, curry powder, escallion, garlic, ginger, lime, mace, nutmeg, onion, oregano, sugar, thyme, orange, tomato paste, vanilla, cayenne (red) pepper.

Jerk: Jamaican cooking method in which meat is rubbed, prior to grilling, with a blend of seasonings, often firey hot.

Jerk is also the name of the seasoning (from Spanish charqui, or dried meat). You can buy jerk in most grocery stores (even McCormick makes it), or can make and store your own.

• 1 T each—onion powder, garlic powder, dried chives, brown sugar; 2 tsp. each— (ground) allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon; 1 tsp. each—sage. thyme, salt, black pepper, cayenne (or more to taste). Mix thoroughly and store in a tightly covered jar.

There are thousands of versions; figure out what flavors you like most and add or subtract accordingly.

Typical meats: goat, pork, chicken, and some beef (though beef has tended to be expensive).

Fish: varieties that abound in surrounding waters, some familiar to us—grouper, cod, tilapia, blue marlin; others not so—200 species of jack, chip-chips (tiny clams), casadura (primitive armored catfish).

Native plant foods:
• ackee—peach-looking fruit with pulp like scrambled eggs
• annatto (achiote) seed
red coloring or flavoring agent w/ slightly sweet peppery taste.
• cassava root (taro root)
• malanaga root
• scotch bonnet peppers
• breadfruit—fruit used like a potato in salads, stews, even whipped.
• passion fruit

More familiar foods:
bananas and plantains, okra, yams, papaya, mangoes, coconut, yams, sweet potatoes, rice, beans, corn and cornmeal.

 

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