The Secret Ingredient
Today's recipe, is Green Seasoning which, to me, is the real secret behind our Trini cooking. The ingredients can be found throughout the Caribbean and so this flavouring is also a favourite throughout the Caribbean. When we're making green seasoning here in Trinidad and Tobago, everyone has their own way of making it. The ratios of some of the ingredients may differ but no matter how it's made one thing remains the same, it's green and it's delicious. In fact I knew of a guy that loved green seasoning so much that he used to eat it between two slices of bread. Yes! It could be that delicious sometimes to some people.
Green Seasoning: The Signature For a Trini-Caribbean Dish
From our favourite stews to the wonderful exotic curries, green seasoning lays the foundation to that signature Trini-Caribbean taste. When meats are marinated with this mixture of fresh aromatic herbs the results are amazing. The green herbs permeates down to the bones of the meats when it is properly marinated and only then, you can really attempt to make any of the other Trini -Caribbean dishes with success.
So it is that simple..If you want to cook like a real Trini learn this recipe first. Are you ready to make green seasoning Trini style? Here's green seasoning. It doesn't get more trini than this.
1 bundle celery
2 heads garlic, cleaned and chopped
3 onions, chopped
6 leaves big leaf thyme
5 sprigs spanish thyme
8 sprigs fine leaf thyme
36 leaves chadon beni
12 pimento peppers, rough chopped
4 bundles chive, rough chopped
¼ cup vinegar (optional)
½ cup water
salt to taste
1 hot pepper (optional)
Some of the ingredients: onions, garlic, celery and pimento peppers (seasoning pepper). Chop the above ingredients and add to chive, big leaf thyme, chadon beni and Spanish thyme. Add some of the ingredients, ½ cup of water and about ¼ cup of vinegar in the blender.
Note: Add handfuls of the ingredients at a time and make sure the blender's cover is tightly secured. The ingredients will have to be blended in batches! You may add the hot pepper at this step if desired.
Blend until smooth. Strain the green seasoning mixture and collect the liquid below. The liquid will be reused to blend the other batches of ingredients.
Collect the strained mixture in a separate bowl. When all the ingredients have been blended pour everything, liquid also, into a bowl and add salt to your liking.
Store in containers and refrigerate.
Simple wasn't it? The green seasoning lasts a long time if it is refrigerated. I personally prefer this type of fresh seasoning than the store bought kind that's riddled with MSG and other preservatives. I hope you enjoy making this green seasoning recipe as much as I do. Bye!
Green Seasoning Recipe
- 1 bundle celery
- 2 heads garlic cleaned
- 3 onions
- 6 leaves big leaf thyme
- 5 sprigs spanish thyme
- 8 sprigs fine leaf thyme
- 36 leaves chadon beni
- 12 pimento peppers
- 4 bundles chive
- ¼ cup vinegar optional
- ½ cup water
- Salt to taste
- 1 hot pepper optional
- Chop the onions, garlic, celery and pimento peppers (seasoning pepper) and add to chive, big leaf thyme, chadon beni and spanish thyme.
- Add some of the ingredients, ½ cup of water and about ¼ cup of vinegar in the blender.
- Collect the strained mixture in a separate bowl.
- When all the ingredients have been blended pour everything, liquid also, into a bowl and add salt to taste. Store in containers and refrigerate.
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