Pikliz Recipe

Heirloom Eats

heir·loom (noun): a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations

From furniture and faith to collectibles and character traits, there are a lot of things that get passed down over the course of a family’s history, and recipes are no exception. But a recipe nurtured by generations of love and care is so much more than the food it creates. It’s also a reminder of the laughter and light that can happen when a family comes together. 

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Pikliz

Chardonnee Calixte with family | Hixson

 

Calixte family eating Pikliz together

(L to R): Chardonnee Calixte, Jeremiah Gordon, Raj Waddell, Jetson Taiwo, Joanne Denise, and Mendy Calixte

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“Pikliz is a recipe that originates from my husband’s home country of Haiti. For most Haitian families, this dish is a must-have for a complete meal. This spicy cabbage is traditionally served with rich meats and fried foods, like griot (fried pork), and especially fried plantain. Being one of the most authentic garnishes from Haitian cuisine, it always sets a nostalgic mood for my husband. It also pairs nicely with rice and beans, noodles, or roast chicken. This recipe is a must-have year-round and a unique meal garnishment that represents an international identity of Haitian cuisine.” – Chardonnee Brown

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Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 6 scotch bonnet peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 12 peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 lime
  • Tomato, for garnish
  • Parsley, for garnish

 

Directions

Place cabbage, peppers, onion, and carrot in a mixing bowl. Mix in the peppercorns, salt, garlic, and vinegar. Squeeze the lime over the ingredients in the bowl and mix well. For enhanced flavors, let it sit for several hours. Top with tomato and parsley for serving.

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Pikliz Haitian dishes

Pikliz

Chardonnee Calixte
Course Main Course
Cuisine Haitian
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 6 scotch bonnet peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 12 peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 lime
  • Tomato, for garnish
  • Parsley, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Place cabbage, peppers, onion, and carrot in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix in the peppercorns, salt, garlic, and vinegar.
  • Squeeze the lime over the ingredients in the bowl and mix well.
  • For enhanced flavors, let it sit for several hours.
  • Top with tomato and parsley for serving.
Keyword cabbage, carrot, garlic, lime, onion, parsley, peppers, tomato sauce
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