What’s better than yummy scrambled eggs for breakfast? Fried or boiled perhaps? Or maybe an omelet? When it comes to breakfast, eggs are commonly the first idea accompanied by toast, a few slices of bacon, and a fruit. While these things are great for some people, eggs can get a bit boring. We prefer a little variety in the morning and we’ve found the perfect breakfast ideas to add some diversity to the typical breakfast.
Take a look for yourself:
Saltfish & Coconut Bakes
Saltfish and coconut bakes are a staple in Grenada. The saltfish is cooked with onions, shredded carrots and cabbage, and sautéed in a pan until cooked. Bake is a common breakfast bread that varies across certain islands. Grenadians add coconut milk and dry, grated coconut to give the bake extra flavor.
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Ackee & Saltfish
Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica and when cooked properly can serve as the best wake up food. It is typically mixed with saltfish, onions, tomatoes, and served with breadfruit, boiled green banana, fried or boiled dumplings, and/or pear (avocado).
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Pastechi is fried dough stuffed with chicken, fish, or ground beef and/or cheese with a tender center and crispy, flaky crust. It is a breakfast favorite in the Dutch Caribbean islands, but is mostly associated with Curaçao.
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Tostada & Café con Leche
Made from pressed pan Cubano – a baguette – tostada (toast) can be used as a side or eaten by itself with a nice, hot cup of café con leche (coffee with milk). Tostada & café con leche can be served with a side of fruit. The recipe is too simple not to try!
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Island: Dominican Republic
Mashed plaintains, or mangu, can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the Dominican Republic. It can be served as an entrée or as a side, with other breakfast foods, such as eggs, sausage, bacon, and fruit.
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In the Caribbean, porridge is a staple. There is oatmeal, cornmeal, banana, rice, and peanut porridge. We have mastered the art of making a meal out of the food around us. Labouyi bannann is no different. It is a breakfast meal made from plantains and sweetened with condensed milk, a little cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Boil Fish, Grits, & Johnny Cake
Island: The Bahamas
Grits are the perfect side for boiled fish in the Bahamas. White fish – such as grouper or hog snapper – is seasoned with lemon juice, salt, pepper and other seasonings. It is then added to a broth to simmer, until it is tender. In addition to grits, it is served with johnny cake – which is kind of like corn muffin or corn bread.
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