Perusing my blog stats, I noticed that quite a few visitors have been interested in my Haitian griot recipe.  Heck, after looking at the recipe, I was interested and decided to make some. Quel coincidence!  After I had put my pork in the refrigerator to marinate overnight, I saw a post from another blogger for griot http://saraheatsaustin.com/2013/08/26/haitian-griot/.  Lovely pictures.


In for a centime in for an Euro, I also decided to make Haitian pikliz.  Very easy, tasty Haitian condiment and perfect with the griot.


Just to put us into the mood, Jade made a tropical salad with carambola, mango, and ground cherries with strawberries for color.


We sent some over for M. Parret’s lunch 🙂


The above picture is misleading; there are no scotch bonnets in the griot, they were for the pikliz.  I was mislead myself until after I took the picture.  For the griot I used long green French cayenne chillies for babies.


This time, because of an annoying experience rinsing the vegetables from the pork, I cut everything into large chunks so that I could just pick them out.  Quel intelligence 😀


Some stuffed veal and cauliflower peppers for M. Parret to freeze and eat later to remember me when I’m back in Germany.  Quel souvenir!

Tropical Fruit salad

2 carabola, sliced

1 1/2 cup ground cherries, husked

1 mango, diced

1 1/2 cup strawberries, halved

Juice of one lime

Mix everything together and refrigerate.


1 small cabbage, shredded

4 carrots, grated

1 onion, sliced and halved

2 large scotch bonnets, cut vertically into 8ths

6 whole cloves

1 tsp salt

12 black peppercorns

3 cups white vinegar

Mix everything together with your hands, then pack the vegetables into two large canning jars, topping each jar up with the vinegar juice.  Pour a little extra vinegar on top if necessary to cover the vegetables.  Screw on the tops and refrigerate for at least 2 days.


3 lbs pork shoulder, cut into cubes

2 long mildish green chillies, cut into chunks

1 large purple onion, halved and crudely sliced

2 shallots, sliced

2 large garlic cloves, smashed

1 1/2 tsp salt

Juice from 1 grapefruit

Vegetable oil for frying

Mix together in a bowl the pork, grapefruit juice, onions, shallots, garlic, green chillies and salt.   Pour mixture into a ziplock bag and massage.   Refrigerate overnight.

Pour the pork mixture into a large pot and simmer at a very low flame for 1 1/2 hours.  No need to add water.  When the pork is cooked, drain and rinse in a colander, being sure to remove the pieces of onion, chilli, etc.   Allow the rinsed pork to dry on a cutting board for about 15-20 minutes.

Heat oil in a wok or black skillet and fry pork to a golden brown.  Garnish with sliced green pepper and onion rings.


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An American living in Burgundy, France
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31 Responses to Pikliz!

  1. Jon says:

    Sounds delish! I’ve taken the same approach for the griots, but in one-pot style: after the pork is done and liquid evaporated I add a heaping tablespoon of lard (or olive oil for the squeamish) and let it brown. will be making a batch of pikliz, thanks for the recipe!

  2. What a lovely meal with great photos.

  3. They just got in some ground cherries at the co-op. The only time I’ve seen them is on the Food Network where they were calling them gooseberries. Don’t know why as gooseberries look and taste a lot different!

  4. Tessa says:

    All the dishes look fantastic! I’ve never seen ground cherries before…. Are they like tomatillos?

  5. abrooke65 says:

    What a meal. I like the theme. Just gorgeous.

  6. Mad Dog says:

    Excellent – the griot sounds delicious, as do the stuffed peppers and pikliz 😉

  7. Well, that all looks pretty delicious, but I must echo MD’s comment about the Grigot. Love the pork/citrus combination.

  8. Joséphine says:

    Trés appetissant ! Bonne soirée

  9. AnotherDish says:

    Oh, scotch bonnets? I like this!

  10. My French Heaven says:

    You are making me sooooo hungry!!

  11. redrice57 says:

    Everything about this post is Fabulous with a capital F !!

  12. Conor Bofin says:

    Looks very tasty Rosemary. I love the fruit picture particularly.

  13. Best souvenir!

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