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!
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)
2 tablespoons palm oil
How to prepare:
- Wash and clean the chicken gizzards.
- Add spices & salt to taste.***
- Add water and 1sliced medium onion.
- Boil in medium heat for about 20 minutes.
- While gizzard is boiling, cut the plantain into small lumps.
- Fry the plantains in vegetable oil till brown but not burnt!
- Using the same oil, fry the boiled gizzards till dark brown.
- Grind the fresh tomatoes, habanero peppers, 1 onion and 1 red bell pepper together.
- (Optional) Chop the yellow and green bell peppers.
- 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)
- In medium heat, add the ground pepper mix and stir.
- Add spices of choice and a large bouillon.***
- Cover & reduce the heat to medium low. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Add the fried gizzards. Stir & cover. Let it cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the fried plantains and the chopped yellow & green bell peppers.
- 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.