West Indian Potée - Braised Meats with Vegetables Recipe
West Indian Potée - Braised Meats with Vegetables
Total time: more than 2 hours
Preparation: 30 minutes
Soaking time: 2 hours
Cooking time: About 2 1/4 hours
Cost: Very reasonable
Difficulty: Very easy
Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

The meats and bacon are already very salty, so we recommend not adding any salt. You can corrrect the seasoning to taste at the end of the cooking time.

The pork blade (shoulder) is best not deboned.

It's best to blanch the cabbage for a few minutes in a separate pot of water before proceeding with the recipe in order to make it more digestible.

Ingredients for 6-8 servings
- 1 half-salted Ham or Country Ham, 700 g (1 1/2 lb.)
- 700 g (1 1/2 lb.) Pork shoulder
- 300 g (10 oz.) smoked bacon
- 1 kg (2 1/4 lb.) half-salted pork spareribs
- 1 small green Cabbage
- 8 carrots
- 4 small or 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1 kg (2 1/4 lb.) Yams
- 4 turnips
- 6 green bananas (ti-nain)
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 tsp. black peppercorns
- 1 tsp. juniper berries
- 1 onion stuck with 2 cloves
- 2 limes
- 1 West Indian chili pepper
- 6 green onions
- 2 shallots
- 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley
- 5 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and pepper
  1. Soak the ham, pork shoulder and spareribs in cold water for 2 hours. 
  2. Rinse and drain; cut the bacon into pieces. 

Preparing the vegetables 

  1. Wash and peel the vegetables. 
  2. Cut the cabbage into quarters, removing the core and large veins. Carefully wash the leaves under running water to remove any soil or insects that may be inside. Cut the cabbage into wedges.  
  3. Rinse the yams, sweet potatoes and banans under cold water; rub them with the halved limes and set aside in a bowl of cold water.


  1. Blanch the cabbage wedges for 10 minutes in unsalted boiling water. 
  2. Place the meats, bacon, turnips, carrots, onion and seasonings into a large pot or Dutch oven; cover with water and simmer, covered, for 1 hour, skimming the surface from time to time.
  3. Add the cabbage, yam, green bananas and sweet potatoes. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes longer. Check for doneness with the tip of a knife - you should easily be able to pierce the yams, sweet potatoes and green bananas.

Sauce and presentation 

  1. Meanwhile, peel the green onions and shallots, wash the parsley and chop everything finely.
  2. Mince the quarter chili, reserving the rest for the table. In a bowl, combine the chopped chili, green onions, shallots and parsley and pour 2 ladlefuls of boiling cooking liquid from the potée on top. Whisk everything together and correct the seasoning as necessary.
  3. Cover the bowl and leave to infuse for 15 minutes; add the olive oil. 
  4. Serve the meats on a platter surrounded by the various vegetables; serve the sauce in a sauceboat on the side. 
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