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Section: Stove Top: West Indian (Caribbean)
Recipe: Jamaican Meat Filling

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Jamaican Meat Filling
2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, finely chopped (1 1/2 cups chopped)
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 pound ground beef
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric or annatto
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and finely chopped, optional
2 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
3 scallions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
1 pound ripe tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup water or beef stock

In a large skillet, heat the oil until hot but not smoking. Add the onion
and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and
cook for 1 minute. Add the ground beef, turmeric, cumin, allspice,
cardamom, hot peppers, and thyme and cook until the beef is browned and
spices are fragrant, about 10 minutes. Add the scallions, parsley,
tomatoes, and stock and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the flavors have
come together and almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Season, to
taste, with salt and pepper, remove from the heat.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2001. From: Food Network.com
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