- TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 6
Callaloo (sometimes called amaranth) is a spinach-like vegetable with large, heart-shaped leaves. Jamaicans cook it in water with oil and seasonings to make a silky stew eaten at breakfast with ackee (a Caribbean fruit) and saltfish, or as a side dish. spicy jerk hens. Callaloo is available at many Caribbean markets in the U.S., but spinach is an easier-to-find substitute.
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- 3 ounces salt pork, cut into 3 pieces
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon annatto powder
- 1 large Spanish onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 pounds callaloo, thick stems trimmed, or spinach
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- In a large soup pot, cook the pork over moderate heat, turning frequently, until it begins to brown and some of the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Add the butter and annatto and cook, stirring, until the butter is melted. Stir in the onion, cover and cook over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil. Add half of the callaloo, cover and cook until just barely wilted. Add the remaining callaloo, cover and cook until fully wilted, about 5 minutes longer. Discard the salt pork, season with salt and pepper and serve.