A taste of the Caribbean. The main ingredients are callaloo leaves, or spinach, and okra. Both were originally brought from Africa in the seventeenth century. Serve piping hot with slices of avocado pear and hot bread.

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Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Remove the thick stems of the callaloo leaves, chop roughly, and put into a large saucepan. Add the chicken stock, onion, beef, black pepper, shallots, thyme, chili pepper, and crab meat. Cover, and simmer until meat is tender, about 35 minutes.

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  • Add the okra, and cook for 8 minutes.

  • Remove the chili pepper. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor. Reheat, and adjust seasonings.

Nutrition Facts

120 calories; protein 13.6g 27% DV; carbohydrates 8.6g 3% DV; fat 3.9g 6% DV; cholesterol 49.9mg 17% DV; sodium 332.6mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2005
OMG this soup is simply divine... no actually it is the devil! I couldn't stop eating it bowl after bowl after delicious mouthwatering bowl. I finished all 6 servings in one day! Thank god I'm lazy and don't get out much... otherwise I would have made many more batches and ended up killing myself from overeating. Seriously though you need to try this soup. Oh and HAHAHA... good one Corwynn! For a real laugh try finding some callaloo leaves in your neighborhood. I went to 4 different grocery stores and not one staff member their management or even the professional Chef I ran into had heard of this ingredient before. Either way spinach worked out just fine. As well for those of you with limited microwave-only cooking knowledge shallots look like this: http://www.cooking.com/advice/adgloss.asp?GlossType=ingr&Item=Shallots... and salt beef is more commonly known as corned beef. Thanks goes out to my friendly neighborhood grocers for those tidbits of knowledge. Otherwise I d still be roaming the isles of the grocery store instead of being keeled over in pain from the 6 bowls of soup I just ate. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/19/2011
real callaloo has coconut milk. That is better than chicken stock. Rather than crab meat add large blue crab claws Read More
(17)
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2005
OMG this soup is simply divine... no actually it is the devil! I couldn't stop eating it bowl after bowl after delicious mouthwatering bowl. I finished all 6 servings in one day! Thank god I'm lazy and don't get out much... otherwise I would have made many more batches and ended up killing myself from overeating. Seriously though you need to try this soup. Oh and HAHAHA... good one Corwynn! For a real laugh try finding some callaloo leaves in your neighborhood. I went to 4 different grocery stores and not one staff member their management or even the professional Chef I ran into had heard of this ingredient before. Either way spinach worked out just fine. As well for those of you with limited microwave-only cooking knowledge shallots look like this: http://www.cooking.com/advice/adgloss.asp?GlossType=ingr&Item=Shallots... and salt beef is more commonly known as corned beef. Thanks goes out to my friendly neighborhood grocers for those tidbits of knowledge. Otherwise I d still be roaming the isles of the grocery store instead of being keeled over in pain from the 6 bowls of soup I just ate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2003
I made this soup for a couple for was having a "romantic dinner for two" Caribbean style. They both loved this soup! I made it again for myself and husband and we both thought it was wonderful. The only suggestion I would have is this: it is a little on the salty side so really trim the salt beef well first. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2006
I thought this was very delicious. My girls really liked it. I didn't put the okra or the crabmeat in cause I didn't have any. I added two cups of coconut milk and reduced some of the chicken stock to 4 cups and it just tasted so flavourful. I will make again for sure. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/19/2011
real callaloo has coconut milk. That is better than chicken stock. Rather than crab meat add large blue crab claws Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2008
Execellent Caribbean soup! I used frozen spinach. Instead of salt beef I used fried bacon and I used crabmeat from a can. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2003
This was really easy to make and tasted something like the Callaloo we had on our Carribean vacation. It is very very tasty and its good for you too. If you are having a Carribean night this is a great starter! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/13/2009
Never Again.... I had high expectations for this dish based on the reviews. We were very disappointed. I followed the directions exactly as written using fresh spinach and it was awful. I will say that the longer it cooked the better it tasted but even after 4 hours on the stove and several adjustments it was still not up to par. Since my investment was 15.00 I did what I could to make it taste better but even after adjusting it though it was better it had a dull flavor. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2010
I totally modified this soup because I didn't have all the ingredients plus I am a lazy cook and it turned out great. I started with a bunch of callaloo added 32 oz of chix stock onion quarter sweet onion little hot yellow pepper thyme salt pepper canned crab meat. I simmered for a while and then added a can of condensed milk. No pureeing just ate it as it and it was amazing. Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2010
You will need a food processor. Callaloo is a super hardy green that does not easily become soft. I put it through the blender 4 times and it was still chunky. It's a filling soup. Use a food processor. Read More
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