By Libby Ryan
Liberian cuisine reflects the rich heritage of Liberians. Certain American traditions are also reflected in Liberian dishes. Liberian recipes contain an interesting melange of ingredients, such as pumpkin, tomatoes, rice and many tasteful vegetables. Rice is one of the staple foods in Liberia. You will often hear a Liberian exclaim that she hasn’t eaten all day, if she hasn’t had a rice dish for the day….
Liberian Rice Bread
• 2 cups Cream of Rice cereal
• 3 cups mashed bananas
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 4 T. sugar
• 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 cup water
• 1 tsp. baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and stir until thoroughly blended.
3. Bake in a greased loaf pan for 30 minutes. Test with a toothpick; when it comes out dry, bread is done.
• 1 medium cabbage
• 1 small package chicken thighs or drumsticks
• 1/2 lb. ham cubes
• 1 lb. beef stew meat
• 4 tsp. tomato paste
• 1/4 tsp. black pepper
• 1 tsp. salt, if desired
• 2 bouillon cubes
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• Vegetable oil
1. Cut off stem at cabbage head. Cut cabbage in 4 quarters. Chop into large chunks. Season meat and poultry with salt.
2. Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan. Fry chicken and meat together until golden brown or firm. Put contents in a bowl.
3. Reduce heat to low. Pour oil in pot to cook cabbage. Fry cabbage until it softens. Raise temperature to medium, and stir constantly.
4. Add onions, salt, pepper, and tomato paste. Simmer for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Add chicken, beef stew meat, and ham cubes. Let it simmer for about 4 minutes, stirring at least once.
7. Add water to about an inch above contents.
8. Stir occasionally. When contents begins to thicken, reduce heat. Watch carefully to prevent sticking at bottom. When contents begin to stick, turn off heat. It is ready to serve.
• 1 stick butter
• 1 1/4 cups sugar
• 2 medium eggs
• 2 cups flour
• 3 tsp. baking powder
• 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
• 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 can pumpkin
• 3/4 cup milk
• 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs, and mix.
3. Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl.
4. Mix pumpkin, soda and milk. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin, soda and milk, and blend well.
5. Add blended mixture to sugar, butter and eggs.
6. Pour into greased 9-inch-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake 25 minutes. Let cool before serving.
Reprinted from LiberianForum.com. All photos from Unsplash.com.