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Fungee and Pepperpot: the meaty and vegetarian combination from Antigua and Barbuda

Fungee and pepperpot is a traditional dish from Antigua and Barbuda that is a must-try for any visitor to the islands. It is a hearty and flavorful combination of two distinct dishes: fungie, a cornmeal porridge, and pepperpot, a rich and spicy stew.

Fungee is a staple food in Antigua and Barbuda, and it is made by slowly cooking cornmeal in water until it becomes thick and creamy. It is often served as a side dish, but it can also be enjoyed as a main course.

Pepperpot is a stew that is made with a variety of meats, vegetables, and spices. The most common meats used in pepperpot are beef, chicken, and pork, but other meats, such as goat and lamb, can also be used. The vegetables typically include potatoes, carrots, and onions, and the spices include thyme, bay leaf, cloves, and cinnamon.

Together, fungie and pepperpot are a delicious and satisfying meal that is sure to please even the most discerning palate.

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Yield: 4 servings

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients for Fungee:

  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • 4 cups water

  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for Pepperpot:

  • 1 pound beef

  • 1 pound chicken

  • 1 pound pork

  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and diced

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon thyme

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon cloves

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions for Fungee:

  1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil.

  2. Slowly whisk in the cornmeal, stirring constantly to prevent lumps.

  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Season with salt to taste.

Instructions for Pepperpot:

  1. In a large pot, brown the beef, chicken, and pork in batches.

  2. Remove the meat from the pot and set aside.

  3. Add the onions, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, cloves, and cinnamon to the pot and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  4. Add the potatoes, carrots, and cooked meat to the pot.

  5. Cover the pot and bring to a simmer.

  6. Simmer for 1-2 hours, or until the vegetables are tender.

  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • For a richer flavor, use coconut milk instead of water for the fungie.

  • If you don't have fresh thyme, you can use dried thyme instead.

  • If you want to add more heat to the pepperpot, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

  • Fungee and pepperpot can be served with a variety of side dishes, such as rice, bread, or plantains.

To serve, divide the fungie among four bowls. Top with a generous portion of pepperpot. Fungee and pepperpot is a delicious and hearty dish that is a true taste of Antigua and Barbuda. It is a must-try for any visitor to the islands. Enjoy!

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