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Jamaican "Rice & Peas" Recipe

The traditional Jamaican 'Rice & Peas' dish can be served with just about any type of meat. This recipe is a Sunday dinner tradition among many Jamaicans. In fact, Rice & Peas on a Sunday is unofficially embedded into Jamaican culture.
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Est. time: 1.5 h Yield: 8-10


  • Drain liquid from can peas or beans into a measuring cup.
  • Add coconut milk to the measuring cup.
  • Make sure there are at least 3 1/2 cups of liquid in the measuring cup. Add water if necessary.
  • Pour liquid from the measuring cup into a saucepan.
  • Add beans/peas, onion, garlic, chicken bullion, thyme, and butter/margarine.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add rice to the mixture. Stir well.
  • Place whole scotch bonnet pepper in saucepan without bursting it.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover tightly, and simmer for approximately 25 minutes (or until water evaporates).
  • Remove whole scotch bonnet pepper and serve.

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