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Pig Tails with Beans
Jamaica

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Often called "Pig Tails with Peas" in Jamaica, (probably from being originally made with pigeon peas), this flavorful dish has an interesting mix of textures. The pig tails themselves are "finger food". Provide a bone bowl for the discards and serve with plenty of long grain rice.


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Pig Tails (1)
Kidney Beans (2)
Tomatoes
Onions
Garlic
Habanero Chili (3)
Oil
Thyme sprig
Water
Salt
Pepper
Make   -   (3-3/4 hrs + bean soaking time)
  1. Soak KIDNEY BEANS 8 hours or overnight in water with 1/2 T salt. Simmer them in water to cover for however long it takes to make them tender (maybe 1-1/2 hours unless beans are old) - check frequently).
  2. Brown the PIG TAILS moderately. I suggest coating them with oil and browning in the broiler or on the grill rather than in a pan with oil, because pig skin splatters oil rather explosively, which results in a mess and possibly serious burns.
  3. Place Pig Tails in a pot with water to cover well, bring to a boil and simmer until pig tails are tender, about 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours depending on how tender you want them
  4. Meanwhile:   Peel TOMATOES and chop medium.
  5. Chop ONION fine. Crush GARLIC and chop fine. Mix.
  6. Chop CHILI fine and toss in with the tomatoes.
  7. When Pig Tails are done:   Drain them and cut them into the size pieces you want. I suggest about 2-1/2 to 3 inches.
  8. In a large sauté pan, heat Oil over moderate heat and fry Onion mix until onions are translucent but not at all browned, then stir in Tomatoes, Chili and Thyme. Fry stirring until tomatoes are cooked down and the oil starts to separate.
  9. Stir in cooked Kidney Beans and 1 cup of Water until well distributed. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes stirring once or twice.
  10. Season to taste with Salt and Pepper. Fold in Pig Tails and simmer until heated well through.
  11. Serve hot with plenty of long grain rice.
NOTES:
  1. Pig Tails:   These are available from various ethnic markets, particularly those serving a Southeast Asian community. For details, see our Pig Tails page.
  2. Kidney Beans:   The 1 cup measure is for dry kidney beans before soaking, You could also use canned kidney beans to save a lot of prep time. You want 1 pound of drained beans.
  3. Chili Habanero:   Nobody here in California can tell the difference between a Habanero and a Scotch Bonnet, so use either. The amount is highly variable. 1/2 Habanero produces barely noticeable heat, which would be scandalous in the Caribbean. Feel free to use more depending on your tolerance. For details see our Chili Page.
  4. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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