Jamaican Bammies (Cassava Bread)

Jamaican Bammies (Cassava Bread)

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
518 Calories
29g Fat
64g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 518
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 25g 127%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Protein 5g
Calcium 43mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for Jamaican bammies is a traditional thick flat bread made from cassava flour usually eaten with fried fish or salt fish or to soak up the juices from escovitch.

Bammy or bami is very similar to casabe bread or yucca bread. The differences between the two include that bammies are thicker while yucca bread consists of grated cassava and salt fried in a skillet.

Bammies are soaked in coconut milk and then fried, steamed, or baked. The recipe below gives directions for frying and baking them.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of ​cassava (fresh yucca)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 to 2 cups coconut milk

Steps to Make It

Make the Bammies

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Jamaican Bammies (Cassava Bread) ingredients

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  2. Wash and peel the yucca (cassava). Using a grater, grate the yucca with the finest section.

     grate the yucca with the finest section

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  3. Using cheesecloth or a clean cotton towel, squeeze the grated cassava to remove as much moisture as possible, and discard the liquid.

    Using cheesecloth or a clean cotton towel, squeeze the grated cassava

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  4. Add salt to the yucca mixture, and stir it in well, breaking up any lumps.

    Add salt to the yucca mixture

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  5. Divide grated yucca into 2 equal parts, and set aside.

    Divide grated yucca into 2 equal parts

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  6. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. (A cast-iron skillet works well.) Do not add any oil.

    oil in a pan

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  7. When the pan is hot, place half of the grated yucca in the middle of the pan. Spread it out with a spatula, or back of a spoon, into a circular cake that is approximately two inches around and 1/2 inch thick.

    place half of the grated yucca in the middle of the pan

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  8. Cook until bottom is golden and set, then flip and cook the other side until golden and set.

    cook the yucca in the pan

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  9. Remove from the frying pan, and scrape off any scorched areas.

    yucca cake on a plate

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  10. Repeat with the other half of grated yucca.

    yucca cakes on a plate

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  11. Pour the coconut milk into a shallow bowl or casserole dish big enough to hold the two bammy patties.

    Pour the coconut milk into a shallow bowl or casserole dish big enough to hold the two bammy patties

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  12. Soak the bammies in the coconut milk for 10 minutes. Now either fry or bake them as directed below. When they are cooked, serve them with ackee, callaloo (callalu) or a vegetable run down.

    yucca cakes in the coconut milk

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Fry the Bammies

  1. While the bammies are soaking, heat a frying pan filled with 1/2 inch of vegetable oil until it reaches 350 F.

    pan with oil

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  2. Fry the bammies whole, cut in half, or cut into quarters until they are lightly brown on all sides, flipping over as necessary.

    bammies frying in oil

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Bake the Bammies

  1. If you choose to bake the bammies instead of frying them, heat an oven to 350 F. Lightly butter the bammies on each side and bake for 15 minutes.

    bammies on a baking sheet

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