(CMR) Happy Saturday!
And for all the Sabbath-keepers- Happy Sabbath!
It is traditional soup day all across the Caribbean and today CMR is sharing an old school recipe on how to make old fashioned Jamaican beef bone soup – or what the new school kids just call- beef soup.
[Please note that this recipe does not include spinners or dumpling but you can certainly add them in at Step 7]
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 lb. Beef bone sometimes called soup bones or you can use a stewing steak.
3 Whole Corn ( Canned corn can be used)
1 lb Pumpkin
1/2 Ib Yellow Yam
1/2 Ib Carrott
Spring Onion ( popularly called Escellion)
1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper
4 Garlic cloves
1 Tbs. Pimento
2 Tsp Salt (try to avoid table salt, try to use Kosher or Sea Salts)
2 Quarts Water
Wash, peel, chop and dice food items: Turnip, Pumpkin, Yellow Yam, and Carrots
Finely dice seasoning: Escellion, onion, garlic .
Don’t chop pepper- keep the scotch bonnet pepper whole.
Step 1: In your soup pot put 2 quarts of water to heat on medium or high heat.
Step 2: Place in the pot your beef bone or soup bone. (Some pressure this meat for 30 minutes)
Step 3: Once you’ve put in your beef bone, season the pot; add in a whole scotch bonnet pepper and one-half of your seasonings that you had finely diced.
Step 4: Go ahead and add in salt and pimento.
Step 5: Also, add to the mix 1/4 of your pumpkin – pumpkin helps to give your pot colour and body. A small portion of pumpkin, optional, can be cooked along with the beef bone as it will be completely mushed out but will negate the need for cock soup (soup noodle) or other processed soup mixes which give the soup colour.
Step 6: Once your beef bone has cooked which is at about the 40-minute mark, go-ahead add in your diced Yellow Yam, Turnip, Carrott and the remainder of your pumpkin. You may also include spinners or dumpling if you want.
Step 7: Also re-season your soup pot by adding the rest of your onion, thyme, garlic. Allow soup to cook for another 15 minutes.
If you are using canned corn, drain it (water from corn can make soup sweet) and put it in 5 minutes before turning off your pot.
Soup should take no longer than an hour to cook.
Enjoy. Remember to share photos if you used this recipe