Belize recipes
April 17, 2009 4:05 AM   Subscribe

We need to make an appetizer and a dessert from Belize (finger food preferable), or typical of Belize, and are having trouble finding good recipes. Does anyone know any tasty Belizean recipes?
posted by Marilyn Johnson to Food & Drink (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Man, is Belizean the next food trend? You're the third person this week to bring up their food (not on Metafilter, but just in general in my life).

Anyway, due to the offline comments of others about Belizean food, I've been doing a little reading. Here's what I've got:

Belizean cuisine is a mix of Caribbean, Mexican, African, Spanish, and Mayan cuisines. Their biggest staples are seafood, rice, and beans, so for appetizers you could get away with chimole (their answer to gumbo) or camaron frito.

Beyond that, the appetizers they're best known for are conch fritters (deep-fried balls of flour batter and chopped conch meat--think of it as a Belizean hush puppy) and ceviche.

If you can't do the above, lean on the Mexican influence and offer tamales or dukunu Panades (small, deep-fried empanadas) are popular jn Belize, too.

Belizean dessert: potato pone . You could also offer fried plantains served with sour cream--apparently that's a very Belizean way to serve them.
posted by magstheaxe at 6:25 AM on April 17, 2009

I forgot to add, in regards to the desserts:

Belize doesn't have a very extravagant or refined dessert culture (the country was colonized by the British, not the French). However, you can usually find homemade coconut pie, chocolate pie, or bread pudding on most menus. Flan, an egg-and-condensed-milk custard imported from Mexico, is also popular.
posted by magstheaxe at 6:29 AM on April 17, 2009

Response by poster: these are great suggestions!
thank you!
and thanks to the
metafilter founder....
posted by Marilyn Johnson at 8:30 AM on April 17, 2009

mmm I love Belizean coconut fudge. I wish I had a recipe for you. We bought it on the streets of Caye Caulker, and it was sort of a mix between a brittle and a standard fudge. No chocolate. Absolutely packed with coconut, almost like a macaroon.

magstheaxe rocked the appetizers. I want to second both conch fritters and ceviche in particular.
posted by changeling at 5:00 PM on April 17, 2009

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