Recipe courtesy of Walter Staib

Mannish Water

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 3 hr
  • Yield: 5 to 6 servings
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2 pounds goat head, organs and feet (2 pounds lamb meat may be substituted)

1 1/2 gallons water

5 green bananas, sliced

1 pound yams, diced

1 1/2 christophenes (also called chayotes), seeds and skin removed, chopped

1/2 pound taro root, diced

1/2 pound carrots, diced

1/2 pound turnips, diced

1 1/2 bunches scallions, chopped

2 scotch bonnets or habaneros, chopped

3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped



  1. Chop the meat into small pieces, rinse and place into a large stockpot. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer 3 hours, until the meat is tender.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the vegetables are tender. Season with salt and serve.