Nigerian peppered gizzards recipe has been on my mind for a while now, so when I walked past the chicken section in the grocery store 2 weeks ago and spotted packs of gizzards, I wasted no time in picking one out.
We Nigerians love our appetizers or “small chops” as we call them, and peppered gizzards is one of the popular Nigerian small chops on the list with others like Nigerian puff puff, Nigerian Stick Meat (Mini beef kebabs), Peppered Turkey, Fish Roll etc. One thing I love about peppered gizzards is that they are really easy to make and taste quite good with little effort. I like the fact that they are small pieces that you can just pop into your mouth without too much stress…(This is not a meal you want to share with a fast eater, else by the time you turn to pick a piece up, you will be shocked to find an empty plate staring back at you; especially if the gizzards and sauce were seasoned just right)
People have different recipes for making peppered gizzards. Some people cook them for a few minutes then finish them off by baking in the oven; others use tastashe or red bell peppers in their pepper sauce and so on amd so forth. I think whatever recipe you go for all depends on your taste buds and general preference. As for me, I prefer meat thats softer on the inside and just a tad crispy on the outside; that’s why I completely boil my gizzards first; cook in the sauce and then crisp in the oven. I find that cooking the gizzards n the sauce first, allows them to take in the sauce before they are hardened in the oven.
For this recipe and quantity of gizzards, I used only 4 hot peppers and I found it to be moderately spicy *at least for the Nigerian me* , some people even go hotter than that. However, 4 seems to be the right balance for me without having me constantly drinking water while eating them or feeling like I could have added one extra hot pepper. However, if you are not used to hot peppers, maybe tou can start out with 1 or 2 and use more of the green bell pepper; and before I forget; green bell pepper takes this dish or should I say the sauce to another level. It gives it a taste and aroma that is unique and delectable; so If you can make it with green bell peppers.
NIGERIAN PEPPERED GIZZARDS RECIPE
Recipe level: Easy
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cook time: 55 mins
Total time: 1hr 5 mins
Meal type: Appetizer, Starter, Snack, Nigerian Small Chop
Meal time: Lunch or Dinner
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- 2 cups gizzards, cleaned and washed
- 4 small or medium size hot peppers, (atatodo (scotch bonnet) or habanero),
- 1/2 medium green bell pepper
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon curry
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 3 seasoning cubes
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 small ginger chunk
- a handful green bell pepper, chopped
- Wash amd clean gizzards thoroughly with cool water and some salt.
- Place gizzards in a medium size pot; add water (I used about 4 cups watee for this recipe quantity); add curry, thyme, 2 seasoning cubes, 2 teaspoons salt, garlic, ginger and 1/2 of the chopped onions.
- Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until gizzards are soft/well cooked. Once it is cooked; drain excess broth and set gizzard aside.
- While gizzards are cooking, combine 1/2 green bell pepper, hot peppers, and half of the leftover onions in a blender with just enough water to blend. Blend into a rough paste with chunks.
- In a medium sized pan; heat oil. Fry leftover onions for about 2 mins; add blended pepper puree; fry stirring often for 3 to 5 mins.
- Add gizzards, the handful of chopped green bell pepper, 1 seasoning cube and 1 teaspoon salt; fry for 5 minutes, stirring often. (At this point your gizzards are ready to be served; but I like to finish my gizzards off with the next step)
- Place gizzards in sauce in a baking tray or sheet lined with parchment paper or foil; broil at 525F for 3 to 5 minutes to give them a crispy look and just a bit of crunch. (Please watch the gizzards so they don’t burn as 525 is the highest oven temp, at least on my oven setting).
Serve and enjoy your tasty peppered gizzards with a cold drink like Zobo.
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