Haitian Griot pronounced Gree-oh is a creole pork dish that is part of Haitian culture. This dish is found on the streets and often times the dish of choice for a special celebration. It is a beloved dish and for good reason, it is spicy and delicious. This dish is Haitian cuisine. If you want a lower calorie version, you can broil the pork instead of frying it at the end. This dish is served with rice and beans, fried plantains and of course pikliz.
Haitian Griot (Creole Pork)
- 4 garlic cloves coarsely chopped
- 5 scallions coarsely chopped
- 2 teaspoons thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 2 scotch bonnet peppers coarsely chopped
- 1 medium onion thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
- 2 oranges juice of
- 3 limes juice of
- 6 whole coffee beans
- salt to taste
- 2 lbs boneless pork shoulder diced into 1/2-inch-thick chunks
- 1 1 ⁄2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- In a blender, combine the garlic with the scallions, thyme, black pepper, chiles, onion, bell pepper, orange and lime juices, coffee beans and 2 teaspoons of salt, and puree.
- Transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Add the pork shoulder cubes to the bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate the pork overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Remove the pork from the marinade and transfer to a Dutch oven or covered casserole dish. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reserve the marinade.
- Cover and braise the pork in the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes, stirring the cubes a few times, until tender; transfer them to a bowl.
- Boil the braising liquid until reduced to 1 cup. Strain into a saucepan and boil until reduced to 1/2 cup. Add the marinade and boil for 1 minute.
- Lightly season the pork with salt and add the reduced sauce. Stir well. In a nonstick skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the pork and cook over medium-high heat until the cubes are browned and glazed, about 2 minutes per side, then serve.