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I am super excited to share today’s recipe with you. This recipe is all about plantains and gizzards stir fried in peppered sauce.
A little back story to this recipe. You won’t believe I was totally oblivious of this awesome deliciousness called Gizdodo until the Christmas of 2016. Hmmm…..
Our family was invited for Lunch with one of hubby’s friends who the kids and I hadn’t met officially. When it was time for lunch, Gizdodo was the starter.
I looked at, I am not one to try what I don’t know in an outing but when i was told it was gizzards and plantains even though I am not a fan of gizzards, hmmmm as soon I tasted it, oh boyyyy !!!! I was hooked.
That was the only thing ate that day. No kidding.
I had to ask for a recipe and the lovely aunty told me she had no recipe per se but she could tell how she made it, which she did without measurements.
So I have been planning to make this delicious awesomeness since December. Here we are in March….
Oh well…. today is that day.
Did i mention that I have had this Yaji ( suya spice) craze for a while now. Everything Yaji-able, i add Yaji to it. You need to check out my Yaji-Egusi soup. Recipe here. It’s bursting with unique flavors YUM
Back to our Gizdodo, the original recipe didn’t have suya spice so since I am all about Yaji for now, so I decided to give this recipe a kick with the addition of Yaji (suya spice).
Mehnnn…. it totally hit the spot and didnt disappoint.
Thank you aunt Ngozi for introducing me to the world of awesome deliciousness called Gizdodo.
Give it a try and see what I mean.
Needless to say we enjoyed the visit and it was a pleasure meeting such a lovely family. Gizdodo aside ??
Very important: if you have peanut allergies, please don’t use the Yaji because it contains peanuts. You can still enjoy Gizdodo without it. Just skip it in the recipe.
Prep Time: 20 mins Yield: 3 servings
Cook Time: 65 mins
You will be multi tasking with recipe so the cook Time above includes all the cooking processes listed below.
- 450g Chicken Gizzards
- 5 fingers of ripe plantain
- 4 Medium Onions ( 2 for the pepper sauce, 1 to cook the gizzard and 1 for garnishing)
- 1 Tbsp crushed Garlic
- 2 habenero or scotch bonnet peppers
- Salt or bouillon powder to taste
- 1 Tbsp thyme
- 3 bell peppers ( 2½ to be blended and ½ chopped finely for garnishing)
- 1 tsp of Curry powder
- 1 Tbsp Thyme.
- 1 tsp of Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Yaji spice ( suya spice)
- 3 cups of oil ( 2½ cup for frying and ½ cup of oil for the pepper sauce)
- Wash the gizzard and cut up into bite sizes
- Put sauce pan on a lit up stove, add some water, gizzards and chopped onions (the water should be about ½ in above the gizzards).
- Cook till soft, then turn off heat and set aside
- After washing, with a food processor coarsely blend 2 onions, 2 habenero peppers and 2½ red bell peppers
- Chop up finely, the remaining ½ of the red bell pepper and ½ of the green bell pepper.
- Cut the plantains into cubes and set aside.
- Put a clean sauce pan on a lit up stove. Pour in ½ a cup of canola oil. When it heats up put in chopped onions and sauté till soft transluscent.
- Pour in the coarsely blended bell pepper mix.
- Fry until the mix reduces to a thick paste and the oil surfaces to the top. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
- Add the chopped red and green peppers stir and turn off heat.
- Put oil in a fry pan when it heats up add 1/4 a bulb of onion* Then add the plantains and start frying till light golden brown. Put it in a bowl lined with paper towel to absorb the oil then cover with paper towel to retain moisture.
- Reduce the oil and fry the gizzards till it’s brown but not burnt. Then put in a paper towel lined plate to absorb the oil.
- Divide the peppered sauce in two, then add the fried gizzards and plantains and stir over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
- Add in 1 Tbsp of the Yaji (suya spice) and stir then turn off heat.
- The Yaji-gizdido is ready. Yippee!!!!. R??. Where the party at??? ?.
Serve with rings of onions and sprinkle more Yaji ( suya spice ) over it. Enjoy!!!