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How to make Breadfruit Pie
Breadfruit in its natural state
Breadfruit is an absolutely delightful thing to eat and once you know how to cook it, one of the easiest as well.There are many ways to cook a breadfruit. Today I will explain how to make a great Breadfruit Pie. Breadfruit Pie is a variation or a spin if you would call it that on the better known Shepherd's Pie.
First things first, you will need:
- a breadfruit. (When selecting one from the store look for one with a slightly yellowish tinge as this indicates the readiness of the fruit. But also feel the breadfruit and if it feels too soft to you do not buy it because it is over-ripe.)
You can choose whether you would prefer a plain Breadfruit Pie or a stuffed one. If you are opting to fill your pie then you will need :
- minced meat (1-2 packs it depends on how meaty you like your savory pies),
- pimento peppers
- black pepper
- tomato paste.
- cheddar cheese
- milk (I like to use evaporated as it makes it creamier)
So pick those up while you are at the store as well.
If you opt for just plain then you will need :
- cheddar cheese
These are the essential ingredients needed to make any breadfruit pie along with the breadfruit of course.
Method: Cut your Breadfruit into cubes without peeling it. Put the Breadfruit in a good sized pot and fill it with water until it covers the cubes. Add salt and boil until you can stick it with a fork and it is soft.
While your Breadfruits-a-boiling, whip up your meat filling. It is quick and easy. In a skillet put a pat of butter along with your onions and garlic and let it cook until the onions turn soft and yellow. Then add your pimentos, finely chopped, to the mix. The smell of cooking pimentos alone can drive someone crazy so do not be surprised if inquiring heads pop into the kitchen to see just what you are up to! Add the minced meat along with your salt to taste a teaspoon of lime juice black pepper and tomato paste (not too much paste to make it runny but enough to make it moist so I would say about 2 tablespoons for every pack of minced meat). Let it cook on medium heat for about 15 to twenty minutes and there you have it! Your filling is finished!
When your Breadfruit has boiled, take it carefully to the sink and drain it. Then get a wide bowl and peel the skin of the breadfruit off then put the breadfruit sans skin in the wide bowl. The skin should come off easily with a normal knife just as potato skin slides off. When your peeled breadfruit is in the bowl, mash it just as you would potatoes. Add the milk and butter alternating as you would to achieve the consistency that you like your mashed potatoes in and grate about a 1/2cup of cheese and mash that into the mixture. You have to taste it to see if it needs more salt; if it does then add. In a well greased baking pan place a thick layer of your now mashed Breadfruit and then add your meat filling. Sprinkle a little more cheese over the meat filling then top the filling with the rest of the Breadfruit. Grate enough cheese over the top of the pie so that it covers the whole area of it. Place in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes. It should be a golden brown when ready. Enjoy either on its own or with a light salad.