Who doesn’t love a little savory snack at the bottom of their drink?
A savory breakfast with an uncommon primary ingredient graced my latest “5 Countries Tell Us What They Have for Breakfast” series, and this Jamaican delicacy is extremely unique and mouthwatering. Centered around saltfish, this breakfast includes dumpling dough called johnny cakes, fried plantain, a slice of avocado (when in season), and a yellow fruit called ackee. The plating of this dish is simply colorful and beautiful, but the taste is even better.
This ackee and saltfish with johnny cakes recipe comes from Gabriella, who is from the island of Jamaica. This fresh, savory breakfast always satisfies, and it is the national dish of Jamaica. As something very special to Jamaicans, Gabriella was one of many who grew up eating ackee and saltfish with johnny cakes every Sunday alongside other breakfast foods like callaloo, rundown mackerel, and breadfruit.
Saltfish was very popular in Jamaica back when refrigeration wasn’t a given, and the ackee itself was brought over from Ghana during slavery times. These components came from different origins and formed what we know today as ackee and saltfish with johnny cakes. Nowadays, families like Gabriella’s make this traditional breakfast every Sunday—or they send her dad out to the local cook shop to get it for them! Throughout her childhood, Gabriella’s grandmother would make it often. This dish has been passed down through generations, and it now reminds Gabriella of home.
Although my ackee and saltfish with johnny cakes looked like scrambled eggs, it tasted nothing like that; in fact, I’ve never had anything like it. It was sweet and somewhat creamy, and the johnny cakes were a delicious spin on fried bread. I’ve worked with saltfish before when making Jamaican saltfish fritters, so I knew to boil it to get rid of the extra salty taste. Overall, it turned out beautifully mild and was very simple to make!
This truly was one of my favorite breakfasts I’ve had in a while. If you can get your hands on these ingredients, I highly recommend trying this yummy piece of Jamaica!
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