Whenever I make stewed pork (Trinidad style stewed pork) I purposely make extra so I have leftovers for adding to other dishes.. like this one using eddoes. As I’ve mentioned before I’m a ‘country’ boy at heart, so ground provisions (starchy root type vegetables) are a huge part of my diet (though expensive to buy here in Canada). This recipe is a take on one our mom would do, but she would use yam (finger yam) instead of the eddoes, with amazing results.
2 lbs eddoes
1/4 teaspoon salt (boiling the eddoes)
pinch black pepper
1 tomato (diced | deseeded)
1 onion diced
2 cloves garlic (sliced thin)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup stewed pork.
Tip: When peeling/washing the eddoes you may want to wear gloves or coat your hands with vegetable oil as the starch/sap can cause irritation.
Using a sharp pairing knife or potato peeler, peel the skin off the eddoes, cut in half and wash with cool water. Then place in a deep pot covered with water and bring to a boil on a high heat. As it comes to a boil, add the salt and skim of any foamy residue on the surface. Reduce to a rolling boil and cook until tender (about 15-20 minutes) To test to see if they’re fully cooked, pierce with a knife and if there’s no resistance.. they’re good to go. Drain and set aside.
As the eddoes cook/boil, you can prep the tomato, onion , garlic and scallion (dice).
In a wide saucepan heat the oil on a medium flame and add the butter, then go in with the onion, garlic, scallion and black pepper. Reduce the heat to low and let this gently cook for about 3-4 minutes.
Next up add the diced tomato, give it a good stir and let it go for another minute before adding the left over stewed pork pieces. Turn up your heat to medium and let it go for another 2-3 minutes.
It’s now time to add the cooked eddoes to the pot and give it a good stir to ensure the eddoes are coated in the wonderful flavors we put together. Since the eddoes should still be warm, it will only take a minute or 2 to complete this amazing dish.
When boiling the eddoes do remember to cut them the same size so they cook evenly and if you don’t have stewed pork you can always start off with diced bacon or if you want to give it an Italian twist.. go with some pancetta. Do serve warm.. reheats well in the microwave.