Fun Wildlife on the Caribbean Islands 4
When is a chicken not a chicken? When it is a frog! This frog is actually called a Mountain Chicken because it is a prized delicacy in the Caribbean.
The mountain chicken has suffered from overhunting in the Caribbean’s on Dominica and Montserrat. It’s now considered endangered.
But since it is a delicacy; and our goal is to introduce the culture of Caribbean to you and bring you here to see it! Allow me to share the much sought after recipe for Mountain Chicken with you as I have done before.
This is the National dish of Dominica
6-8 Frogs (Crapaud)or 12 to 16 legs (Ideally Fresh)
2 pegs garlic
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper(Hot crushed)
1 small onion (sliced)
1 tsp vinegar
1 Lime sliced in two
1/4 tsp thyme (chopped)
1/4 cup flour
1 tbs butter
1/4 cup fry oil
1 cup water
2 dasheen (cut into 4 pieces)
2 yams (cut into 4 pieces)
1/4 tsp salt
1 green pepper (sliced)
Only the legs of the Mountain chicken are used.
Wash the Mountain chicken and remove the skin by cutting and peeling it away with a knife. Wash with lime then rinse it with cold water.
Season mountain chicken legs with garlic, pepper, vinegar, thyme. Let stand for 2 hours so that seasoning may absorb.
Pat legs dry with a clean towel, then roll in flour and prepare to fry.
Before frying, heat the fryer oil, make sure the oil is very hot (almost smoking). Place legs in the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Let it stand in a bowl.
Take 1 table spoon oil, add butter, melt and add onion. Saute, then add 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil
Next, add flour to thicken the gravy, let it simmer under medium fire for approximately 5 minutes
Add the mountain chicken legs to the pot of gravy, stir and simmer.
Peel and clean provisions, boil in salt water. Add green pepper. Boil provisions until tender, but not crushed. Test it by sticking it with a fork.
Serve with white rice, rice & peas and mountain chicken
Serves 4 Adults