When I asked my friend Jeannette Quiñones-Cantore, from the cooking blog Sazón Boricua about a Puerto Rican typical dish to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, she sent me these pickled gandules that I'm sharing with you today.

And if you like beans and peas as I do, then this recipe is for you. This pickled gandules are the perfect appetizer for legume lovers and you can prepare it well in advance. Keep reading for the complete recipe of Puerto Rican dish that everyone in your family will love!


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Marinated Puerto Rican gandules
Makes 6 servings

2 cans of green pigeon peas, drained
1 small onion, minced
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons of sofrito
1 teaspoon of peppercorns
3/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of white vinegar
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon of salt
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup of stuffed olives, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
1/2 cup of celery, chopped


1. Sauté the onion until wilted, add the sofrito, red bell pepper, vinegar, olive oil and bay leaves.

2. Add the peppercorns, olives, celery and jalapeño and pour this mixture over the gandules in a large bowl.

3. Add the cilantro and salt to taste and stir.

4. Let stand for 2 hours before serving.

This can be serve with pita bread, toast or green fried banana plantains.

For more of Jeannette's recipes visit her cooking blog.

Image via Sazón Boricua.

Topics: puerto rican recipe  easy recipe  hispanic heritage month  appetizer