Pikliz

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Ingredients | Scotch Bonnet Peppers

(Haitian spicy pickled vegetables)

Every Haitian home has a jar of pikliz on hand. Cabbage, carrots, chiles and other vegetables are soaked in vinegar to make a relish similar to American chow-chow or Italian giardiniera. The crunchy salad is served as a side dish at Haitian meals. Flavored vinegar from pikliz is often used in marinades or to give dishes a spicy-sour punch.

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About 2 quarts

Ingredients

  • Cabbage, shredded -- 1/2 head
  • Carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces or grated -- 2
  • Onion, thinly sliced -- 1
  • Scotch bonnet peppers -- 2 to 6
  • Garlic cloves -- 4 to 6
  • Salt -- 2 teaspoons
  • Peppercorns -- 8 to 10
  • White or cane vinegar -- 3 cups

Method

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and toss well to mix. Place all of the vegetables into a clean 2-quart glass jar. Pour in enough vinegar to cover the vegetables, tamping them down to remove any air bubbles.
  2. Store the pikliz in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before serving. It will keep in the refrigerator for a month or two.

Pikliz Variations

  • Other Possible Additions: Sliced bell peppers, serrano or jalapeño peppers, chopped green tomatoes, chopped cauliflower, peas.
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