Over the years, I've discovered there are many varieties or definitions of a proper Jigs Dinner. It really seems to be dependent on where you were raised in the province, or where your parents were raised. Below is a breakdown of what I consider to be the perfect Jigs Dinner.
|Jigs Dinner: Blueberry Boiled Pudding, Carrot, Turnip Tops, Salt Pork Ribs, Buttery Mashed Turnip, Potato|
Jigs Dinner Breakdown:
- Salt Beef or Salt Pork Riblets
- Cabbage or Turnip Tops (aka Greens)
- Blueberry Pudding
- Peas Pudding
- Pickled Zucchini
- Pickled Beets
- Mustard Pickles
Instructions: (Allow 2.5 - 3hrs for cooking)
- Fill large Stock Pot (20qt/22L) 1/3 of the way with water. Heat to boiling.
- Add Salt Riblets to boiling water. Make sure to include 1 set per person with 1 - 2 extra (they tend to fall apart during cooking). Leave pot on medium to high heat for 30 minutes. In the meantime prep your puddings (see below for blueberry & peas pudding).
- Once 30 minutes are up, carefully empty boiling water into sink. Note: It's important to boil off the ribs and replace with new water, otherwise your meal will be too salty to enjoy.
- Refill pot 1/2 way with water and return to boiling. I like to use boiled water from the kettle to speed this process along.
- Add puddings to the pot with the ribs. Tip: Position a plate at the bottom of the pot, this will ensure none of your food burns on because of direct contact with the high heat of the element. Allow puddings and ribs to boil for an hour.
- In the meantime peel and prep all veggies: Carrot, Turnip, Potato, Cabbage or Turnip Tops.
- Once the hour is up add your Carrots, Turnip and Cabbage (if using). Allow veggies to boil for 30 minutes.
- Now it's time to add your potatoes, these will need to cook for approximately 30 minutes or until fork is inserted and slides out easily. If you are cooking Turnip Tops wait until the final 15 minutes to add them. Note: Turnip Tops will shrink significantly so add lots to the pot.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
- 1 cup blueberries (preferably frozen)
- In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- Cut in butter and mix through with fingers.
- Add enough water to make mixture wet (start with 1 tsp and add as needed)
- Mix in blueberries
- Roll pudding into ball of dough and place in pudding bag. Tie tightly. Tip: Tie string once, wrap remaining string around neck of the bag and tie on opposite side, repeat until neck of bag is secure.
- Boil for 2 hrs.
- 1 cup yellow split peas
- Add peas to pudding bag and tie tightly.
- Boil for 2 hrs.
- Once ready mash together with butter and serve.