Pickled Green Banana
Pickling in the Caribbean especially in the South is a method where you prepare a pickle made of cucumber, onion,lime juice, salt, parsley and Scotch bonnet pepper. Pudding and Souse one of Barbados’ Saturday brunch dishes. Unfortunately this is a meat based dish and it is very difficult to find a restaurant who separates their pickle from the meat. Just because you are vegetarian or vegan like me does not mean that you can never eat your pickle again. Nonsense! You can pickle most Caribbean root and vegetables. I like green banana and breadfruit. You can also pickle the white fleshed sweet potato, dasheen and yams. Pickles can me mild or can be very HOT. I like mine somewhere in the middle. Here is the recipe for amazing pickled green banana. Those of you that worry about the protein content of this dish worry no more. You can purchase those fake vegan chicken strips . Cook at first and then submerge in your pickle. This dish can go further to replicate Barbadian Pudding and Souse by making a sweet potato savory and sweet pudding aside. I will definitely do a steam sweet potato pudding in the future.
PICKLED GREEN BANANA
6 Green Bananas cooked drained and cooled, 1 cucumber finely chopped,2 tbs fresh lime juice(store bought lime juice is not recommended), 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper chopped finely, 1 tsp salt, 3 tbs fresh parsley finely chopped, 1 medium onion finely chopped or grated,1/2 cup ice or 1/2 cup cold water
Combine the cucumber,onion,pepper,lime juice,parsley salt and ice or water in a bowl. Mix well and allow the water to leave the cucumber. Taste. You can adjust the taste to suit your needs e.g more salt, pepper or lime juice can be added. Add cooked green banana to the pickle mixture to soak. Place in the refrigerator and serve cold. If adding fake chicken strips add the chicken strips when you add the green banana.