Guyana Pepper Pot

Total Time
15 mins
45 mins

Pepperpot, the national dish of Guyana, is an Amerindian meat stew which uses cassareep. Cassareep is a preservative made from grated cassava and flavoured with cinnamon and brown sugar. The Amerindians developed cassareep as a way of preserving meats in the days before refrigeration. Do not refrigerate leftovers. This dish develops flavour when left over a period of days. If not refrigerated, it MUST be reheated to a boil every day. In the early days, a pepperpot was always in the kitchen, and more meat was added to it each day, keeping the pot going for years. This recipe has been halved from the original.

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  1. Soak pig tails and scald.
  2. Cook cow heel or trotters in covered pan with water to boil.
  3. Skim.
  4. When half tender add all the other meats hot water to cover.
  5. Add all other ingredients and simmer gently for about one hour until meat is tender.
  6. Adjust flavor with salt and sugar.
  7. Note: This dish develops flavor when left over a period of days. If left unrefrigerated, it must be reheated to a boil every day.
  8. Pepperpot is popularly served with dense bread and butter, though it is equally as good with rice or roti.
  9. *Serving sizes are a guess on my part - will update.