A breadfruit dish is a treat out of this world. Mostly available during the summer and the fall season, this wonderful fruit or vegetable is very versatile and easy to cook.
I made my Breadfruit au Gratin since last week and for one reason or another, I could not post it because of writer’s block. I am not sure what the reason is but lately, it has been a challenge to write. Thank God I have no problem with eating! 🙂
Writing seems to be getting a bit harder because my mind has been traveling in many directions since we had a death in the family and my several trips to the doctors. I can tell you that life is so unpredictable that I have learned to go with the flow and take one day at a time.
Enough of my blah, blah, blah! I love cooking meals that combine many ingredients such as starch and protein.
Breadfruit is a staple food in many tropical regions and especially the Caribbean. Growing up, I remember liking breadfruit a lot more than potato. It has a sweetness to it that goes well with cheese and herbs and spices. Breadfruits are very rich in starch. So if you are on a strict diet I could advise to eat in in moderation.
Breadfruits can be roasted, baked, fried or boiled. When ripe, breadfruits are sweet, as the starch converts to sugar. For many Caribbean recipes, an unripe breadfruit is preferable. It is also serve boiled and served with meat, poultry, seafood, and stews.
Breadfruit au Gratin is a one-pot dish. Patience is required to make this dish because of the salted cod. Salted Cod must be soaked for several hours to remove the salt. When soaking salted-cod, changing the water several times is crucial. I usually rinse the fish first before starting my soaking process.
Cooking a breadfruit is easy. It is almost like cooking potatoes. The skin is easily removed with a knife. The core of the breadfruit must be removed as well. For this recipes, the breadfruit must be cut into pieces and place in water to boil. Once thoroughly cooked it is then mashed and mix with the remaining ingredients on the list and then baked.
If you are not living in the Caribbean, Breadfruit can be found in many West-Indians or Caribbean markets. It might cost you a pretty penny, but it is all worth it.