Cornmeal Festival Jamaican Style
These elongated cornmeal fritters sweetened with a touch of brown sugar are served as a side dish or snack and are especially light and delicious when made by the fish vendors at Fort Clarence Beach in Jamaica. Cornmeal festival is usually served along with a jerk protein or fried fish, but it tastes great with any protein or even as a snack on its own. They’re also really easy to make with ingredients that you probably already have around the kitchen.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3 tbsp cornmeal
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Sieve the flour in to a bowl and stir in the cornmeal, salt, sugar and baking powder.
- Add a small amount of water in to the mixture, working the mixture with your fingertips.
- Keep adding water until the mixture becomes a firm dough which is only slightly sticky (you should not need to add the whole cup). If the mixture gets too sticky to work with, add more flour.
- Cover the mixture and leave to stand for half an hour.
- Divide the mixture in to eight portions. Knead each portion and roll it in to a small sausage shape.
- Deep fry until golden brown.
- Serve as a side dish with any jerk recipe or fried fish, or serve on it’s own as a snack bread.