Peppered Gizzards known as Gizdodo is a popular snack in Nigeria. Gizdodo is a culinary combination of chicken gizzards and plantain stewed in peppered sauce. It is a delicacy that is served both as an appetizer or as part a main meal. I always serve it with rice when I am not chewing it away as a side dish! Enjoy it with a glass of wine, beer or juice. It is simple to make and gizzards are unbelievably cheap. 1 kg of chicken gizzards costs less than 2 Euros even in Europe!

Ingredients***

½ kg chicken gizzards
3 ripe plantains
2 habanero peppers
2 medium fresh tomatoes
1 Red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper (optional)
1 yellow bell pepper (optional)
2 medium onions
1 large bouillon cube(or 2 small ones)
Spices of choice
Salt (to taste)
Sunflower oil
2 tablespoons palm oil

How to prepare:

  1. Wash and clean the chicken gizzards.
  2. Add spices & salt to taste.***
  3. Add water and 1sliced medium onion.
  4. Boil in medium heat for about 20 minutes.
  5. While gizzard is boiling, cut the plantain into small lumps.
  6. Fry the plantains in vegetable oil till brown but not burnt!
  7. Using the same oil, fry the boiled gizzards till dark brown.
  8. Grind the fresh tomatoes, habanero peppers, 1 onion and 1 red bell pepper together.
  9. (Optional) Chop the yellow and green bell peppers.
  10. Add a bit of palm oil to the rest of the cooking oil (If you don’t have/like palm oil, use only the sunflower oil)
  11. In medium heat, add the ground pepper mix and stir.
  12. Add spices of choice and a large bouillon.***
  13. Cover & reduce the heat to medium low. Cook for 10 minutes.
  14. Add the fried gizzards. Stir & cover. Let it cook for 5 minutes.
  15. Add the fried plantains and the chopped yellow & green bell peppers.
  16. Stir, cover & let simmer in low heat for 10 minutes.
    Voila! Your delicious Gizdodo is ready to eat!

***Instead of gizzards, you could also try with beef or chicken filets!
***Be careful with the quantity of seasoning/spices you add to the gizzards. They can easily get over seasoned and too salty because the meat does not absorb much of the ingredients.

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