Some favorite Guyana dishes include pepper pot, cassava bread, metemgee and Guyana-style chow or lo mein. Pepper pot, a type of stew made of stewed meat, peppers, cassava root sauce and cinnamon, is a popular holiday dish. Metemgee, another type of stew, contains dumplings, coconut milk and a variety of root plants such as yams and cassava.Continue Reading
To make pepper pot, toss 2 pounds of oxtail, 1 1/2 pounds of cubed chuck roast and 3 pounds of cow heal with 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of cassareep, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon of granulated garlic and 2 tablespoons each of salt and Guyanese thyme. While the meat marinates for 30 minutes, saute 1/3 diced yellow onion and 2 minced garlic cloves in 2 tablespoons of oil, and then add in the meat, 5 cinnamon sticks, 3 wiri wiri peppers and 1 tablespoon of whole cloves. Pour 6 cups of water over the browned meat, and bring everything to a boil before reducing the heat to a simmer.
Cook the meat with 2/3 yellow onion, 4 minced garlic cloves and 5 cups of water until it's tender, and then add 2 more cups of water and 1/3 cup of cassareep, and bring the mixture to a boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Simmer the stew for two to three hours, and season the pepper pot with more brown sugar, and salt to taste before serving.Learn more about Regional Cuisine