Three ‘Must-Have’ Caymanian Dishes

Delicious foods to try on your next visit!

There are certain flavours that come with Caymanian cuisine and Morritt’s adds its own special flare at our on-site restaurants.

Here are a few dishes we offer on our menus, as well as a recipe to try at home so you can feel that Caymankind spirit when you’re away from our shores. And if you are just browsing our site and have never experienced these foods, well you are in for a treat!

Breadfruit
Similar in texture and flavour to a potato, breadfruit is a popular side dish in Caymanian cuisine. It can be prepared much in the same way as a potato, with roasting in the oven being one of the most popular. Here at Morritt’s we turn it into fries and serve it with a light sprinkling of salt.

Cayman-style Beef
Beef has a special place in Caymanian culinary history. Several decades ago, before Cayman became the thriving tourism and financial centre it is today, beef was hard to come by and therefore expensive. This meant that it was typically only enjoyed as a special treat at Christmas time (also known as ‘Christmas beef’).

Cayman-style beef is stewed low and slow to yield tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth shredded beef that is flavoured with onion, garlic and peppers (scotch bonnet, or seasoning peppers if you can’t take the heat!). Served up with a side of rice and beans, roasted breadfruit and fried plantain and you have yourself a perfect hearty meal!

Cassava Cake
Cassava is a starchy root that can be enjoyed in savoury applications, such as roasting, or in sweet dishes such as cassava cake. Like Cayman-style beef, many Caymanian families have their own recipe and secret tweaks for cassava cake – so much so, that it’s not unusual to see cassava cake competitions at local food festivals! Cassava cake is dense, sticky and deliciously sweet. Grating the cassava for this dish is labour intensive, but man is it worth it!

 

Cassava Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Cassava, grated
  • 2 lbs Dark brown sugar
  • 2 cans Coconut milk (plus additional 3-4 cups of water)
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon Nutmeg, grated
  • 1 teaspoon All Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Bring coconut milk to a boil. Add sugar, stirring until completely dissolved and continue to boil for about 45 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the coconut milk/sugar mixture for later.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stir until well blended. Add hot coconut milk mixture and stir well. Mixture should be of a thick liquid texture.
  3. Use 2 tablespoons of coconut milk mixture to grease 9” baking pan. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake at 350ºF (basting occasionally with reserved coconut milk mixture) for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. Spread any remaining coconut milk mixture over top of cake. Place cake on top of stove to cool completely.

Recipe courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism – check out their website for this and other traditional Caymanian recipes!

October 1

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Morritt’s COVID-19 safety protocols  

After a closure of approximately three months in accordance with local COVID-19 restrictions, we were excited to reopen our doors to Cayman residents in June 2020 as it was evident that the spread of the virus was well under control within the Islands and restrictions could therefore be eased.

Despite Cayman’s near COVID-free status, we remain committed to the health and safety of our guests and employees, and as such have implemented rigorous cleaning and sanitising policies and procedures throughout our resort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These include:

• Enhanced cleaning and sanitising of rooms between guests
• Training of staff on enhanced disinfecting and hygiene procedures
• Hand sanitiser available throughout resort
• Hourly cleaning and sanitising of common areas, to include door handles and other high-touch surfaces
• Installation of plexiglass barriers in reception, along with contact-less check-in
• Use of QR code menus, single-use napkins and the discontinuation of self-service food stations in our restaurants

We will continue with these policies as long as necessary to provide peace of mind to our local staycationing guests, as well as to our overseas guests and owners once you are permitted to return.

Active cases of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands remain low thanks to strict Government mandates, which includes our borders remaining closed to visitors. At present the anticipated date of reopening is 1 October 2020, however this will be to a limited group of persons and is subject to change.

There are also a number of requirements that incoming visitors will be expected to follow, including testing, quarantining, the use of a “bio-button” to measure vital information such as respiration and temperature, as well as a geofencing device to ensure they are staying within their quarantine address. Further details can be found here.

September 3

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Because here, we’re family.

The Cayman Islands has undertaken some of the most stringent measures globally in implementing COVID-19 safety regulations, which has led to a near COVID-free status and positioned the country as a global leader in successfully managing the virus.

Prioritising safety of residents has not come without sacrifices. Morritt’s, along with the rest of the Cayman Islands hospitality and tourism industry, had to pause operations as soon as local COVID-19 restrictions came into place in March 2020.

The restrictions closed Cayman’s borders to visitors and had residents sheltering in place. Many local businesses, particularly in our industry, had to make extremely difficult decisions with regard to their staff and operations. As a result of lay-offs and closures, emergency repatriation flights were organised by the Cayman Islands government to assist expats who needed to return to their home countries.

Owner, David Morritt, was adamant that we remain true to our family values and do everything possible to retain all staff throughout this period of uncertainty. We are delighted and fortunate to report that Morritt’s kept each member of staff employed and compensated during the temporary several-month closure of the resort necessitated by the local COVID-19 restrictions.

We are proud of the fact that the familiar faces and sense of community that we’ve developed here with our owners and staff will now continue for years to come. With many of our staff having been with us for decades and being like family, it was our top priority to ensure that their needs were met during this time and that our owners can reunite with them once borders reopen.

Happily, local restrictions were eased in June and we were able to reopen our doors to Cayman residents. We have enjoyed offering them the same Morritt’s hospitality that has kept many of our overseas guests coming back to see us over the years.

Cayman’s borders remain closed to visitors for now, but when they reopen we’ll all be waiting to greet you with a warm smile and an ice-cold Mudslide! In the meantime, join us in welcoming a number of new owners to our family as many of our local residents are now ‘sharing the experience’ with their purchase of weeks at the resort.

Until next time!

August 28

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