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    25 mins

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    15 mins

    Sage's Note:

    The national dish of Barbados when eaten with flying fish;loosely based on the middle eastern cous-cous but the okras make the difference!

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    1. 1
      Put water to boil in a medium-size pot. Thinly slice okra and add to boiling water. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until soft. Lower the heat.
    2. 2
      Meanwhile, combine corn meal with cold water and mix well.
    3. 3
      Add corn mixture to the okra. Add salt.
    4. 4
      Mix well and cook on low, stirring constantly with a flat wooden spoon or "cou-cou stick".
    5. 5
      When mixture breaks away cleanly from the side of the saucepan, the cou-cou is ready.
    6. 6
      Butter a bowl, turn the mixture out neatly onto it, shaking it so that it takes on the shape of the bowl.
    7. 7
      Turn it out on to a serving dish, make an indentation in the top and place a knob of butter in it.
    8. 8
      What makes it unique and distinguishes it from its now more fashionable cousin the Italian polenta, is the addition of okra. In some islands, cou-cou is spiced up by peppers and yellow-butter.
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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 12, 2006


      This was a real surprise for me. Being from okra country I was raised on it and love it raw, boiled, fried, or pickled. Of course I had to double the okra. I doubt that it cost more than a dollar to make but tastes like a million bucks. THis is my surprise find of the month. I can make a meal of it with plenty of butter! Thanks hon, I LOVE THIS DISH!

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    • on June 17, 2006


      This tasted good BUT I had major trouble with the directions. After over 30 minutes of stirring CONSTANTLY the cou cou still did not pull away from the pan cleanly. It was VERY thick. I poured it into the bowl but there was NO way that I would have been able to turn it out and have the impression of the bowl retain shape. It was a still a slimy free flowing blob. So I baked it for 30 minutes at 350- the center was still slimy and not set. It did hold its shape so I could turn it out. I cut into it, scraped the gooey part away and ate the portion that had set. It tasted great.... just never set. ?????? I would make this again if provided with some better direction. Sorry it didnt work for me. Thanks Sage

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    Nutritional Facts for Cou-Cou

    Serving Size: 1 (289 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 166.6
    Calories from Fat 30
    Total Fat 3.3 g
    Saturated Fat 1.4 g
    Cholesterol 5.0 mg
    Sodium 420.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 31.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.2 g
    Sugars 0.3 g
    Protein 3.4 g

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