Haitian Pikliz // The Craic & Blonde // Boston, MA
The spicy Haitian slaw that anchors every island meal, stands sentinel on every beachside countertop, pikliz (yes, we spelled it right) is a Caribbean staple. So when Craic & Blonde’s founder landed in Ireland, the first thing she did was whip up a batch. And then, when her friends quickly depleted it, another. Now it’s a business — and Boston-based — but the sauce is the same: shredded veggies and fiery habaneros, delicious right from the jar or as a salsa or side, paired with an appropriately peppery protein. Try chicken, marinated in scotch bonnets and spice, butterflied and barbecued. Just make sure to let it rest, and keep a well-stocked cooler close at hand to tame the flames.