If you are looking for unusual meals, what about making a Jamaican stew? This recipe combines meat with vegetables and a few simple seasoning ingredients to produce a wonderful dish with lots of flavor. This Caribbean recipe uses okra, which is a tasty vegetable. You can use goat instead of beef for this dish if you like. This recipe will feed four to six people.

You can spice up this recipe if you want, by adding a Scotch bonnet pepper or minced jalapeno when you add the garlic. Not everybody likes spicy flavors but if you do, you will love what a chili pepper does to this recipe.

The beef needs to be thinly sliced across the grain so you will need a sharp knife for this. Also, bear in mind that half-frozen beef slices more easily than fresh meat, so freeze it for an hour before cutting it to make the cutting easier. The reason why the beef should be sliced across the grain is that it will be more tender.

What Is Okra?

Okra, which is also known as gumbo, lady's fingers, bindi, or bamia, is a member of the mallow family. Grown first in northwest Africa, this vegetable made its way to Brazil in the 1600s and finally reached North America with the slave trade.

This vegetable produces a sticky juice as it cooks, which works as a natural thickener. That is why okra is so popular in stews, gumbos, and soups. It tastes a bit like eggplant and only takes about four minutes to cook.

It is used in meat and vegetable stews is Iran, Egypt, Greece, Yemen, Turkey, Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq and in some other Mediterranean areas, and used in India and Pakistan too.

Many West Indian recipes call for young okra pods, which are used whole. Okra is enjoyed with soup in Caribbean islands and fish is often served with it. The vegetable is cooked with maize and rice in Haiti and the resulting mixture is used as a meat sauce.

The Best Okra and Beef Stew Recipe

What You Need:

1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 minced cloves garlic
2 lbs beef sirloin or shoulder, thinly sliced across the grain
1 cup stock or water
2 teaspoons thyme
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 lb sliced okra, stems removed
1 thinly sliced onion
Salt and black pepper
How To Make It:

Heat the oil in a skillet over a moderately high heat. Saute the meat until it is cooked through and browned, then season it with salt and pepper and transfer it to a plate. Saute the onions for a few minutes in the skillet, adding more oil if required. Add the garlic and saute for a few more minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes and simmer the mixture for three minutes, then return the meat to the pan and add the stock or water, as well as the salt, pepper and thyme. Turn the heat down to low and simmer gently for twelve minutes. Stir in the okra and simmer for eighteen minutes or until the meat is tender. Add more salt and pepper if required and serve over rice.

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