Definition of cassareep in English:

cassareep

noun

West Indian
  • [mass noun] A thick brown syrup made by boiling down the juice of grated cassava with sugar and spices, used as a flavouring for pepper pot (see pepper pot (sense 2)).

    See also pepper pot
    • ‘Pepper pot, served throughout the season, is a meat stew flavored with casareep, a cassava extract.’
    • ‘Its chief seasoning ingredient is cassareep, the thick syrup residue from boiled cassava juice.’
    • ‘The casareep is used in their pepper pot that preserves cooked meat indefinitely.’
    • ‘The secret is the cassareep - made by squeezing the liquid from fresh grated cassava then boiling it down - which has a preservative effect on the meat.’
    • ‘Bring to a boil and cook until tender when tested with a fork; then add the sugar, cloves, peppers, casareep and continue cooking for 4 hours or until the meat falls off the bone.’
    • ‘His normal rate of exchange was five pints of casareep for a gallon of milk.’
    • ‘Wayside food is typical of the Caribbean; callaloo is to Trinidad what jerk chicken is to Jamaica, flying fish to Barbados and casareep to Guyana.’
    • ‘The village was noted for its production of pepper sauce, cassava bread and casareep.’
    • ‘Place the meats in a stew pot, add the onions, peppers, and cassareep, and water to cover.’
    • ‘These projects include the production of cassava bread, farine and cassareep according to traditional Amerindian methods, fans, baskets, mats and carry cases.’
    • ‘Fry for 7 mins then add spice, clove, cassareep and peppers and sauté over gentle heat for a second time.’
    • ‘It took its flavours both from spices that were grown in the new colonies, and from cassareep, a syrupy reduction of the juice expressed from grated bitter cassava root, sugar, cloves, and cinnamon.’
    • ‘Guyanese overseas make sure they have some casareep come December so that they could prepare a pot of pepperpot to enjoy a taste of home.’
    • ‘Cassava was ground and grated to be made into casareep, a seasoning used in cooking.’
    • ‘The national dish is pepperpot (a thick Creole meat stew cooked in casareep, the juice of the cassava) traditionally served at Christmas with cassava bread.’
    • ‘It is a concoction of hot pepper, spice, sugar, cassareep, and salted meat, such as beef and/or pork, and is eaten with rice or another starch.’
    • ‘This cassareep mixed with meat and fish of all kinds serves to preserve them, and it imparts to them its own pleasant flavour.’
    • ‘It is not only cooked but also a type of flour used to make a syrup called cassareep as well as fermented to make an alcoholic beverage.’
    • ‘Allow to caramelise to add color to the dish (granulated sugar caramelises better than brown sugar, and casareep or browning may be added where available.)’

Origin

From Arawak casiripe.

Pronunciation

cassareep

/ˈkasəriːp/