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How to Make Portuguese Chicken Gizzards (Video)

How to make Portuguese chicken gizzards, also known as moelas, a popular dish in Portuguese cuisine.

They are made from the muscular part of the chicken's digestive tract, specifically the gizzard, which is a small organ responsible for grinding food.

To prepare Portuguese chicken gizzards, they are typically cleaned thoroughly, removing any excess fat or membranes. They are then cooked in a flavorful sauce until tender and fully cooked.

The exact recipe can vary, but a common way to prepare Portuguese chicken gizzards is to sauté them with onions, garlic, and spices such as paprika, bay leaves, and sometimes chili peppers for a bit of heat. The gizzards are then simmered in a sauce made from tomatoes, white wine, and chicken broth until they become tender and absorb the flavors of the sauce.

Portuguese chicken gizzards are often served as a petisco (appetizer) in Portuguese cuisine. They are typically enjoyed with crusty bread or as part of a shared meal with other small plates. They have a rich, savory flavor and a slightly chewy texture.

In Portugal, you can find Portuguese chicken gizzards in traditional taverns, restaurants, and even street food stalls. They are a beloved dish among locals and visitors alike, especially when paired with a glass of Portuguese wine or a cold beer.

1 kilo of chicken gizzards
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons Portuguese red pepper sauce (pimenta moida)
1 tbsp paprika
Salt to taste
1 Beer (330ml)

Sauce Ingredients
1/2 cup olive oil
3 Spoons of Tomato Paste
1/2 cup red wine
1 large finely chopped onion
Salt to taste


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