Jamaican Stew Peas

Winter Worthy Jamaican Stew Peas

Winter is the best time for enjoying a hearty pot of stew, but make it Caribbean next time with this Jamaican stew peas that will warm the belly and soul.

Jamaican Stew Peas

Stew peas is a combination of smoked meat with Red Kidney beans slow cooked in coconut milk. It becomes a creamy, hearty bean dish accompanied by spinners which are thinner oblong dumplings.

I learned to make this dish after i fell in love with it from our trip to Jamaica. It’s one of his favorite winter meals so it was only fitting I learn to whip this up on occasion.

I love this dish in the winter months especially because its very warming. The flavor of the creamy coconut milk and kidney beans paired with rice is very reminiscent of new Orleans style red beans and rice.

Making Stew Peas

Stew peas is actually a simple stew using many of the foundation Caribbean ingredients:

  • Red Kidney beans
  • Spring onion
  • Bell Pepper
  • Scotch bonnet
  • Coconut milk
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Pimento Berries
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Smoked meat

The smoked meat is cooked until tender then the beans and fragrant veg are added along with the spices and coconut milk. Most people add spinners or dumplings to the dish for added heartiness and also it thickens the stew even more (in my opinion).

What meat to use

Any smoked meat works perfectly in this dish because it brings an added flavor component that makes the peas taste amazing!

I personally only use smoked turkey when making stew peas with meat, however there are many who use ham hocks or smoked pork joints as well.

Using the Right Coconut Milk

Is actually one of the main flavor ingredients to stew peas. It adds a creamy, milky semi sweetness and thickens the stew to perfection.

I like to use fresh coconut milk if its handy, however Canned will work just as good, preferably the thicker the better.

Make it Vegan

I could not leave out my vegan family. Its just as tasty without the smoked turkey. Leave it plain or add in 2 cups of soaked veggie chunks and you have a great Vegan alternative. Ital is Vital.

Storing the Left Overs

Stew peas can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 or 6 days if kept in an airtight container. They also freeze really well and can keep for a month or 2 also in an air tight container.

Recommendations

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Jamaican Stew Peas is a hearty creamy stew made from kidney beans, smoked meat and spinners in creamy fresh coconut milk.

Jamaican Stew Peas

 

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 10 mins

 3 Smoked Turkey wings (or preferred smoked meat)
 1 tbsp Oil
 1 Scotch Bonnet
 1 Medium Onion Chopped
 3 Spring onions (whole or chopped)
 3 Garlic cloves sliced
 1 Bunch Fresh Thyme
 1 Handfull of Fresh Parsley
 2 tsp Salt
 Water
 2 ½ cups Red Kindey Beans (dried)
  cup Green bell pepper chopped
 2 tsp All purpose seasoning
 1 tsp Black Pepper
 3 tbsp Butter
 4 cups Fresh coconut milk (or canned)
 7 Pimento Berries ( or 2 tsp of allspice)
For The Spinners
 2 cups AP flour
 ½ tsp Salt
  cup water

Making the Stew Peas
1

First, In a large pot heat 1 tbsp oil then add the smoked turkey. Brown on both sides then add the chopped onions, garlic, spring onion, Pimento berries, parsley and thyme. Saute for 7 to 10 minutes then pour enough water to cover the turkey.

Next, Add a whole scotch bonnet, cover the pot and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 hour or until the smoked turkey starts to pull from the bone.

2

Second, when the turkey has become fork tender, add the kidney beans, green onion and all purpose seasoning. Cook for 40 minutes then pour in the coconut milk and butter. Cook on medium low until peas have become soft.

Finally, Drop in the spinners. When spinners have floated to the top, season to taste and remove pot from heat and serve.

Making Spinners
3

In a medium sized bowl, combine All purpose flour and salt then slowly pour in water. Mix and knead until it forms a ball. Cover with plastic wrap or towel for 10 minutes to rest.

After the dough has rested, pull apart about 3 tbsp of dough and roll back and fourth between the palms of your hands to create oblong pieces. Drop them into the pot of stew peas to cook.

Ingredients

 3 Smoked Turkey wings (or preferred smoked meat)
 1 tbsp Oil
 1 Scotch Bonnet
 1 Medium Onion Chopped
 3 Spring onions (whole or chopped)
 3 Garlic cloves sliced
 1 Bunch Fresh Thyme
 1 Handfull of Fresh Parsley
 2 tsp Salt
 Water
 2 ½ cups Red Kindey Beans (dried)
  cup Green bell pepper chopped
 2 tsp All purpose seasoning
 1 tsp Black Pepper
 3 tbsp Butter
 4 cups Fresh coconut milk (or canned)
 7 Pimento Berries ( or 2 tsp of allspice)
For The Spinners
 2 cups AP flour
 ½ tsp Salt
  cup water

Directions

Making the Stew Peas
1

First, In a large pot heat 1 tbsp oil then add the smoked turkey. Brown on both sides then add the chopped onions, garlic, spring onion, Pimento berries, parsley and thyme. Saute for 7 to 10 minutes then pour enough water to cover the turkey.

Next, Add a whole scotch bonnet, cover the pot and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 hour or until the smoked turkey starts to pull from the bone.

2

Second, when the turkey has become fork tender, add the kidney beans, green onion and all purpose seasoning. Cook for 40 minutes then pour in the coconut milk and butter. Cook on medium low until peas have become soft.

Finally, Drop in the spinners. When spinners have floated to the top, season to taste and remove pot from heat and serve.

Making Spinners
3

In a medium sized bowl, combine All purpose flour and salt then slowly pour in water. Mix and knead until it forms a ball. Cover with plastic wrap or towel for 10 minutes to rest.

After the dough has rested, pull apart about 3 tbsp of dough and roll back and fourth between the palms of your hands to create oblong pieces. Drop them into the pot of stew peas to cook.

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