Thursday, June 30, 2011

Banana Mango Chutney Recipe

The picture above is of my lunch the other day at Caribe. It's my favorite appetizer on our menu and I love to make a lunch of it.

See that crispy, chewy fried flat bread in the photo? This recipe is not for that. See that little red dish (it has hot sauce in it)...this recipe is not that, either. See the channa chickpea mixture tucked in the bread? Nope, not the recipe for that. See that wet, mushy looking little pile of stuff just under the green onion garnish? Bingo!

This is the recipe for one of the best parts (in my opinion) of the "Doubles" pictured above. It may not be much to look at, but this fruity, spicy chutney is packed with deliciousness that compliments seafood and meats. And doubles. I love every part of doubles, but it's just not complete without this little topping. I always end up asking for a little more ;-)

After a little arm-twisting, Tony decided to share his recipe.

Banana Mango Chutney
by Tony Panelli, Executive Chef, Caribe Caribbean Bistro

1 1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
1 Medium red onion, diced
3 Cups vinegar
3 Tbsp. Jerk Seasoning
2 Mangoes, diced
4 Tbls. Pickapeppa sauce or Worcestershire sauce
1/2 Cup raisins
1/8 Cup Tabasco sauce
4 Bananas, diced

Combine brown sugar, onions, and vinegar and bring to boil. Add jerk seasoning, mangoes, pickapeppa sauce, raisins & Tabasco sauce. Reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes until thickened. Add bananas last. Chill. If too thick, add water to thin.

Tony serves it with Trinidadian Doubles or Marlin, but it's good as a topping for any seafood or grilled meat.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Would you like puppets with that? Staff spotlight: Liz Schachterle

(above) Liz Schachterle (left) & Elise Langer of Millie & Tillie

If you've come into Caribe any time in the past year, you may have had Liz bring you your meal. But did you know when she's not at Caribe, she's making puppets, writing shows, and performing shows as a puppeteer with Open Eye Figure Theatre?

She's a woman of many talents and you and your kids can enjoy her creativity at live performances of "Millie & Tillie" on stage, and all summer during Open Eye Figure Theatre's Driveway Tour performances of "The Adventures of Juan Bobo" and "The Amazing Cow Boat."

The traveling puppet shows are short, fun & free. I don't know about you, but those are things I look for when choosing entertainment for our kids!

2011 Driveway Tour
All performances are free, family-friendly, and open to the public.

The Adventures of Juan Bobo
June 1st-August 7th
Summer 2011 Driveway Tour - locations, dates & times on website

The Amazing Cow Boat
June 1st-August 7th
Summer 2011 Driveway Tour - locations, dates & times on website


Millie & Tillie
July 8-24
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm
Sundays at 4:00pm
Reservations highly recommended; call (612) 874-6338 for reservation,
Suggested donation at the door: $5 adults, $1 for children 12 & under.