When you think of Newfoundland food, one of the first things to come to mind is Jigg’s Dinner. Jiggs’ Dinner is a traditional Newfoundland and Labrador dish that is often considered a quintessential part of the province’s culinary heritage. It is also known as “boiled dinner” or “Sunday dinner” in some communities. Jiggs’ Dinner typically consists of several boiled components cooked together in a large pot, resulting in a hearty and comforting meal.
What makes a Jigg’s Dinner?
The main ingredients of Jiggs’ Dinner include salt beef (brined beef), cabbage, potatoes, turnips (rutabagas), carrots, and pease pudding (a dish made from split yellow peas). Some variations may also include other vegetables like onions and parsnips. The ingredients are boiled together in a pot until tender and flavorful, creating a one-pot meal.
Why do they call it a Jiggs’ Dinner?
The name “Jiggs’ Dinner” is said to have originated from a popular comic strip character named Maggie and Jiggs. The character Jiggs was known for his love of corned beef and cabbage, which became associated with this traditional Newfoundland dish.
Jiggs’ Dinner is often served with traditional condiments like pickles, mustard pickles (a type of pickled vegetable relish), and savory bread or rolls. It is typically enjoyed as a special meal on Sundays or during holidays and is known for its comforting and homey flavors. The dish reflects the historical influences of Irish, English, and Scottish cuisines, which are prevalent in Newfoundland’s culinary traditions.