Many would argue that the perfect bite doesn’t exist, it’s almost certain that many have not had the unique culinary experience that is a Belizean fry jack. Fry jacks are pieces of dough, deep-fried to crisp golden perfection, commonly featured in Belizean cuisine. These warm, fluffy morsels are most frequently paired with other breakfast items such as eggs, jam, refried beans, and cheese. If you’d like to make these tasty treats at home, fry jacks are made using four simple ingredients found in pantries everywhere: flour, water, shortening, and baking powder. Combine them with a pinch of salt and deep-fry in shallow oil; like many of your Instagram posts, you’re gonna have to wait until golden to truly capture the essence of the Belizean fry jack.
This breakfast staple is found across the country, and if you have an appetite for adventure you might make your way to the Grove House Restaurant at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge. The Grove House is loved and renowned for its farm to table experience. Simply meaning that all ingredients are organic and locally-sourced to provide you with the highest quality Belizean cuisine. (It’s no wonder The Grove House boasts the title of “Restaurant of the Year” for both 2018 and 2019!) The Grove House offers you a one of a kind culinary delight with their traditional “Village Breakfast”.
The Village Breakfast includes farm-fresh eggs with tomatoes, onions, and cilantro served with a side of “faya haat” beans, stewed chicken and of course their signature fry jacks! If you’re unsure of what “faya haat” means let me tell you, you are about to consume a Belizean delicacy! The term “faya haat” is used to describe food that is painstakingly prepared in the hearth of an open wood fire. This style of cooking is a part of Belizean culinary tradition, and it provides the perfect amount of smoky flavor to any dish. As you patiently wait for your order of the Belizean favorite take in the breathtaking sights of the Maya Mountains, and indulge yourself in a freshly squeezed orange juice straight from the neighbouring orchard.
While a fry jack can be enjoyed anywhere why not make breakfast an adventure in Belize.