This mineral-rich leafy green is a staple in the Jamaican diet; saute it with onions, scallions, and thyme to make a healthy vegetable side dish. If you can't find callaloo, Swiss chard or mustard greens make an excellent substitute.From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

Mad Hungry, October 2010, Mad Hungry


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Recipe Summary

Makes 6 servings as a side dish


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  • Remove the small branches with leaves from the main stem and submerge the callaloo into a bowl of cold water. Let soak for a minute and remove, discarding the water. Repeat 2 more times. Finely chop the leaves and branches and set aside.

  • Heat the oil and butter in a medium-size skillet over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the onion and scallions, stirring until the onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the callaloo, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Mix all of the ingredients together, add the water, and cover. Cook over medium heat until the stems are tender, about 8 minutes.