Gizdodo is a popular Nigerian delicacy. The name of the dish may sound exotic, but it’s actually a combination of the names of two main ingredients: gizzard and plantain (dodo). Learn how to make gizdodo right now!
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1. What you’ll need
If you’ve decided to make your first batch of gizdodo, here is what you’ll need for the most popular gizdodo recipe:
- Chicken gizzard – 500g
- Ripe plantain – 3, large
- Tomatoes – 4 cups
- Onions – 1 cup
- Green bell pepper – 1 cup
- Scotch bonnet pepper – 1/2 cup
- Stock cubes – 2
- Salt to taste
- Vegetable oil – 600ml
This recipe for gizdodo calls for vegetables to be measured in cups. The easiest way to do it is to slice them before measuring the ingredients. Just make sure to proceed with cooking shortly after slicing the veggies, so that they don’t lose any juice or flavour.
2. How to make gizdodo
Ready to try the most delicious chicken gizzard recipe? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make dodo gizzard, otherwise known as gizdodo!
- The gizzards are rather tough and need to be pre-cooked for this recipe. Take whole gizzards, thoroughly wash them under hot water, and cook for 20 minutes in boiling water with 1/2 cup of onions, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 stock cube. When the gizzards are tender, scoop them out, cool slightly and chop.
- While your gizzards are cooking, it’s time to prepare the plantain. Peel the plantains and chop them into bite-sized pieces. Pour 600ml of oil into a deep pan and fry your chopped plantains until they are golden. Scoop out and let set.
- Reduce the amount of oil by half. Add the chopped gizzard and fry until it has an even brown colour. Remove from the pot.
- Add the remaining onion, tomatoes, and the chopped scotch bonnet pepper. Fry for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning the vegetables.
- Once the vegetables are cooked, add the gizzard, plantain, and sliced green bell pepper. Season with salt and 1 stock cube. Stir well and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
- Remove your gizdodo from heat and serve. You can serve gizdodo on its own, but you will be able to feed more people if you serve it jollof rice on the side.
3. How to make peppered gizzard
Now that you know how to prepare gizzard sauce, you can learn the second most popular way to cook gizzard – peppered gizzard. It’s a popular small chop often found at parties.
The reason why peppered gizzard is such a beloved party food and is as popular as regular meat is that when properly seasoned and prepared, gizzards become packed with flavour and have a very powerful taste.
There are many various recipes for peppered gizzard, which call for different vegetables and spices. Here is a video for the most traditional gizzard recipe – use it for your next social gathering!
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