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Keshi Yena at Aruba Ocean Villas
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4.79 from 19 votes

Easy Keshi Yena Recipe

A spiced meat and Edam cheese main dish or appetizer from Aruba and Curacao
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Aruban
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 385kcal


  • 1 pound chicken white and dark meat or ground beef
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon raisins
  • 1/4 cup green pitted olives coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon capers
  • 1/2 Madame Janette pepper or Scotch Bonnet
  • 1 Roma tomato seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoon sweet relish
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound Edam cheese shredded


  • If using chicken, prepare it in advance by simmering in water (with salt, water, onion, parsley which is later discarded), allow it to cool, remove from the bones and then shred it. You can also bake the chicken pieces (sprinkled with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning) in a 350 oven for 45 minutes, allow it to cool, remove from the bones and then shred it.
  • Brown the shredded chicken or ground beef ( or a combination of both) in a heavy frying pan.
  • Add the remaining ingredients except for the Edam cheese and parsley
  • Simmer for 15 minutes
  • Slice 2/3 of the Edam cheese into thin slices (optional. Omit if you're not lining the casseroles)
  • Grate the remaining 1/3 of the Edam cheese and add it to the meat and spice mixture.
  • Line the individual serving dishes with the slices of Edam cheese making sure they overlap (optional)
  • Fill the dishes with the Edam, meat and spice mixture and top with grated Edam
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, sprinkle with parsley and serve hot with sliced toasted French bread or chunks of cornbread


Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 1558mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1185IU | Vitamin C: 39.6mg | Calcium: 435mg | Iron: 1.4mg