In every Haitian dish, in every Haitian restaurant, Pikliz is adorned as a well-loved side. Made of up pickled, shredded vegetables, it is now all the rage in Florida as well. Although it belongs to Haitian cuisine, Pikliz has made a home for itself in the US as well.
If you’re not familiar with this dish, we’re going to guide you.
What is Pikliz?
It’s a sweet-spicy condiment that is found in every Haitian household for every meal. Its crunch is enjoyed with whatever is cooked. Haitian cuisine is based on meat dishes and fried food, and with so much heaviness, a crunchy side is always preferred.
What Can You Do With Pikliz?
Truth be told, just about everything. Once you taste this side, you’d want it to go with whatever it is that you’re eating. Try it with meat, chicken, or seafood; mix it up with rice, lentils, beans; or drizzle in on soups and dips. You can also put it on your breakfast eggs or make a sandwich with a bit of Pikliz for an additional zing.
Pikliz is found easily in Florida, but what if you want to make it from scratch? That is a fairly simple task, but you’d need to purchase sour oranges for that traditional touch. If you’re not able to find them, sour oranges can be replaced by lime juice.
How To Prepare It?
This is not coleslaw; you can’t just shove it in your mouth (it’ll sting!). Vegetables have to be paper-thin: getting yourself a mandoline slicer will be life-saving!
- Red bell pepper
- Habanero Peppers
- White Vinegar
- Lime Juice
- Kosher Salt
Use the quantities that work for you. In a large bowl, add all the vegetables (cut them paper-thin), peppers, and cloves. In another bowl, add in the vinegar, lime juice, and salt. Use a big enough jar to transfer vegetables into it and pour over the sauce; seal it and let it sit for 45 hours. Enjoy!
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